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Tuesday, January 2, 194-0 Cont'd 

the inn that he realized one could actually visit the house 
pictured on a card in a little boy's game of authors. 

Wednesday, January 3, 194-0 Clear and windy 

This blustery winter day sees some progress in 
the building of the chapel. The side and rear walls are 
boarded, and the roof trusses partially on. 

Thursday, January l+ t 194-0 Fair 

The Wayside Inn was discovered today by a quiet, 
unassuming couple - Mr. and "Irs. Charles Augustus Lindberg 
of Englewood, N. J. They arrived after midnight and 
quietly retired to Jerusha. In the morning they had the old 
dining room to themselves for breakfast, and Mr. Lindberg said 
it was the best breakfast he ever had. 

After breakfast Miss Fisher took them thru the inn 
and they were interested in every detail. The old kitchen 
appealed to them. Mr. Lindberg said he had used a churn similar 
to ours when he was a boy in Minnesota. The clock reel also 
interested him and when told that it should click at the fortieth 
revolution, if in order, he asked if he might examine it. 
In a trice it's workings were understood by him, and then he 
explained the mechanism to the hostess. 

Mr. Sennott presented Mrs. Lindberg with three of the 
pumps, which our schoolboys made for Thanksgiving favors. 
She said she would give them to her boys, and added: - " It is 
nice to meet a child with a gift after a journey". 

They both said they were so glad they had found the inn. 
They knew, of course, that it is open to the public but had no 
idea they would find such a secluded retreat. They mean to 
come back, and Mrs. Lindberg said she would like to b~ing her boy. 
Neither is a waster of words and we feel that w% shall have them 
again at the inn. 

In meeting this couple with their courteous simplicity, 
one can hardly realize that tragedy has touched their lives. 
Particularly Anne Lindberg, whose tiny figure, fragile beauty, 
and retiring manner, suggests the schoolgirl rather than the 
woman whose happiness, sorrow, intellect, courage, and spirit of 
adventure, have made her a world known figure. 

Friday, January 5th, 194-0 Cloudy - Snow Flurries. 

Dancing classes were resumed today after the 
Christmas holidays. 

Enthusiastic visitors today : Miss Margaret Buller 
and her brother from Vancouver, B.C., Canada, and Ruth E. Gustafson 
of Detroit, Michigan. 

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Saturday, January 6th, 194-0 Fair and cold 

Mr. F. W. Knowlton, a retired merchant of 
Worcester, :,iass.,and a frequent guest, had luncheon with us 
today. He told us that his father-in-law, a retired 
clergyman, is in the 124-th day of his hundredth year. 
He never misses the Ford Hour on Sunday evenings - enjoys every 
minute of it, and when the hymn comes on, stands and sings it 
to the end. Mr. Knowlton remarked on what a wonderful thing 
Mr. Ford is doing in bringing such joy to so many. 


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Sunday, January 7th, 194-0 Very Pleasant 

Our itinerant artist , Mr. Frederick Robbins, 
who spent a great many of last summers excessively warm 
days sketching the inn and it's sourroundings, brought us 
some post cards picturing the mill, with the following description: 

"A saturation of peacefulness, dependability 
and the effectiveness of simplicity, it goes on summer and 
winter industriously minding it's own business. When the iiiill 
wheel idles around on a cup o± water, it has a singing, 
tinkling sound. When it's really working it gives forth a 
shushing pulsation - yet little water is visible. But when 
the sluice gates are opened wide and the water thunders downward 
awhite with foam, as the artist has shown it, it is only to show off" 

Quite a :"ew dinner guests - among them 
Mrs. Kingsley Porter who occupies Elmwood in Cambridge, the home of 
James Russell uowell. 

Monday, January 8th, 194-0 Snow 

The Chapel now has the sub floor laid; the rear 
and side walls boarded in; and the seven roof trusses secured 
into place. 

The small foundation for the ell at the 
Walker place is finished. 

Tuesday, January 9th, 1940 Fair 

The newspapers today report the death of Effie 
Carlton, 8/+ years, said by the American Society of Composers, 
Authors, and Publishers , to be the composer of the melody to 
to the old Mother Goose Rhyme- "Rock-a-Bye Baby". 
Effie Carlton was a retire: stage star who had appeared 
opposite William Gillette. The death also is reported of 
Clara S. Kittredge, 77 years, daughter of Walter Kittredge, 
author of the Civil War Song - "Tenting on the Old Camp 
Ground" . 

In reading the war news of Europe the question 
arises - 'what for', and this question is reiterated in an 
editorial from the Boston Post, entitled - "The Kateless War" - 

"The meaningless tradgedy of this war was 
perfedtly demonstrated the other day in Buenos Aires. British 
and German naval men staged friendly parties in water-front 
drinking claces, pausing in the merriment to toast each other. 
Less than one month ago these sailors of the British Cnaisers 
Achilles and Ajax and the Nazi pocket battleship Graff Spee 
v;ere doing their grin best to kill each other in the war's 
greatest sea battle. It is not hard to imagine that these 
men asked each other, as they drank beer under a neutral flag: 
"What are we fighting for?"- 

Wendesday, January 10th, 1940 Cloudy and cold 

The men have started cutting ice on Josephine and 
by tonight there will be 2500 cakes of ice. The ice is 12" to 
13" thick. There are 4-00 cakes left over from last years 

Thursday, January 11th, 1940 Fair 

Today the Boston Post reminds us - 

That Alexander Hamilton was born on January 11th, 
1757. - That on Thursday, January 11th, 1793 the General 
Court assembled for the last time in the Old State House at 
Boston, where it's sessions had been held for half a century. 
At twelve oclock noon on that day the members of the House of 
Representatives, the Senators, Governor Increase Sumner, the 
Governor's Council, and the architect, Charles Bulfinch, and 
other dignataries formed in a procession and marched up the 
hill to the new State House. This building with the famous 
Bulfinch front, is still referred to by some Bostonians as the 
new State House, although it is 142 years old. 

Friday, January 12th, 1940 Snow and Sleet 

A most interesting recent guest, Very Reverend 
Ralph M. Fontaine, S.D.S., of Nazianz, Wisconsin. 
He has a keen sense of humor and every incident of his visit 
seemed to call to his mind some anecdote. He is wearing o x uite 
a long beard, grown during a recent stay in a hospital, and 
from his German accent one could mistake him for a Jewish Rabbi. 
Yftien asked his name by the hostess he explained that he is a 
Catholic Priest and added - "Please do not take me for a Jewish 
Rabbi". He then recounted the stor\ of the Chinaman who 
thought that Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes was the only 
important man left in the United States as he is the only one 
wearing a beard. 

Father Fontaine exclaimed over the arrangement of the 
old kitchen mantle piece with the necessary household things' 
of the past, saying that it is just like the mantle in the 
kitchen of his birthplace in the Saar District of Germany. 
Things on the mantle in those days had to have a precise arrange- 
ment and could never be changed. Each member of the house- 
hold was supposed to be able to go to the mantle in the dark 
and put their hand on any article they wished to use. If a 
person could not do this they were considered clumsy, stupid, 
and hopeless. This ability was so definitely the test that in 
German dialect of that particular locality it would be s aid 
of one - "Topat am tack" - " Hopeless on the mantlepiece". 

In the parlor the " Here is good drink" of the 
jovial rhymes scrathed on the window pane brought forth the 
story of a German bishop of the 15th century who, when about to 
travel to Italy, had his advance agents test the various wine shops and 
if found to be satisfactory to scratch the Latin word 'est" on 
the window of the shop. The bishop, having later discovered 
from personal experience th&t one of these shops, marked est 

Friday, January 12th, 194-0 Cont'd 

by his agents, provided exceptional wine, added to the first 
est two more, making it est, est, est. 

The Betty lamps intrigued Father Fontaine as he 
had used them when a boy, and he demonstrated their use. 
They were more economical than candles, and then one could 
use both hands to carry things and just hook the Betty 
lamp over the finger. 

Saturday, January 13th, 1940 Cloudy 

The Rev, Philemon Sturgis , Dean of 
St. Paul's Cathedral, Boston, died the past week. 
He has been a frequent guest here - being host to several 
family parties which included his wife, who died within 
the year, his daughter, Mrs. Harris, whose husband is 
also connected with the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, and his 
son, Rev. Philemon Sturgis, Jr., Rector of the Episcopal 
Church at Wellesley, Mass. 


Sunday, Jan 14-, 194-0 Cloudy 

A Home Coming at Wayside Inn 

We have been away from the Inn for 2 weeks. We came back 
this morning at 8 o'clock and found it the same old Inn - or was it 
really the same? Coming along the narrow driveway that leads to the 
front door we hastened our step as the gambrel roof came into sight. 
The morning was gray and dull. We looked again to make sure tl at the 
Inn was really there. Or was it an illusion - something unreal? Had 
we seen the Inn or not? The sky, the trees, the brown earth, the rust 
colored Inn - all were a part of the landscape ahead. There was no 
clearly defined line to mark the Inn. One black spot against the 
misty horizon attracted our attention. It was the oil sign board. 
Usually it gives its prancing horse a lively swing in the morning 
breeze. But there was nothing lively around the Inn this morning. 
Only as this early intruder came nearer, the Inn itself seemed to sing 
out >irarth a lively tune - "I'm here- I've been here - and I'll be 
here for ever and ever" ! 

It was natural to open the wide green door and walk in and 
there to find bright, dancing flames on the hearth under the low 
ceiling. Someone came and said: "Good morning, we are glad to see 
you back". I gave a sigh. I had been where there was noise and rush 
and artificial laughter. Tall, stone buildings shut out the sky and 
trees. Here all is natural. The Inn is built of native wood. We 
live close to the earth, close to nature. Here one finds friends who 
are genuine and sincere who are striving to make this a better place 
in which to live; people making sacrifices for others. 

No wonder the Inn seemed far off and unreal after coming 
from the crowded city. We were trying to find it with blinded eyes. 

No, the Inn is not the same. It has a deeper meaning than 
ever, before at this home coming in 1940. Here is a corner of the 
World where things are right, where there is Peace - where one finds 

Monday, Jan 15, 1940 Pleasant 

Visitors ask every day about the Mary Lamb School. They are 
always interested even if it is more difficult for them to go down to 
the building at this time of year. Once in a while we tell the complete 
story here at the Inn just the way we do at the school house in the 
Summer time. Generally however, we tell it more briefly. Today a guest 
expressed especial interest in the school. We began the story of Mary 
and found ourselves getting into it deeper and deeper! The guest was a 
particularly good listener. We told her about the pump in the school 
yard. This reminded her of a school she had attened as a girl. She 
said there was a pump at her school. One day the teacher asked the 
class "What is a pump?" No one seemed to know until one little girl 
raised her hand and gave this reply: "A pump is a pump to pump". 


Tuesday, January 16, 194-0 Very cold 

On the two weeks vacation above mentioned a visit was made to 
Haddonfield, New Jersey where Elizabeth Haddon lived. Elizabeth Haddon was 
the founder of Haddonfield and the Elizabeth in Lngfellow's poem. The story 
of Elizabeth is told by the Theologian in Tales of a "'ayside Inn. She was 
a Quaker and married John Estaugh. The old Quaker meeting house is there 
in Haddonfield and in front of it is a tablet which gives this information. 

In memory of 
Elizabeth Haddon 
Daughter of Jahn Haddon of London 
Wife of John Estaugh 
She waa 
Founder and Proprietor of 
Haddonfield, N. J. 
Born 1630 Enigrated 1701 

ried 1702 Died 1762 

Buried near this tablet 
Originator of the Friends Meeting House 

Here established in 1721 
A woman of remarkable Resolution- 
Prudence - Charity 

The site of Elizabeth's house is now privately owned and a large 
old red brick house cm be seen on the property. Elizabeth's house is 
said to have been moved at one time. Some think it is still in existence. 
This cannot be confirmed, however and in the report of the Haddonfield 
Historical Society the statement is made that the house was burned in 

In the rooms of the Haddonfield Historical Society can be seen 
several articles which belonged to Elizabeth. Her Church of England 
Prayer Book is there. Also her medicine case made of wood and containing 
several old bottles. Some table linen is there and a quaint old silk cape 
worn by the Quakeress. 


Wednesday, Jan 17, 194-0 Pleasant 

A recent guest was Mr 3. Larz Anderson. From Who's Who 
we find that while Mrs. Anderson bears a distinguished name, her 
husband having been the well known U. S. Diplomat, Mrs. Anderson 
is famous in her own right. She was a member of several Relief 
committees during the World War, especially active with the Red Cross 
and served in front line hospitals in Belgium and France. France 
gave her the Croix de Guerre and other countries honored her with 
medals. Mrs. Anderson is the author of a long list of books. She has 
written about the countries where her husband served. Such books as 
the"Spell of Japan"and "Circling South America" are credited to her. 
Mrs. Anderson was born in Boston and has for years maintained an 
estate in Brookline called "Weld". Recently she has turned her Washington 
residence into a Museum and told us much about it. 

Thursday, Jan 18, 194-0 Cloudy 

An old Kitchen dinner was served this evening to 11 guests. 
Cooking was done over the open fire as usual and the bright flamed 
spreading a cheery glow over the whole room was a welcome sight to the 
guests. They came from Boston on this bitter cold night not, fortunately, 
by stage coach, but in heated automobiles. After dinner the guests 
adjourned to the Ball room where the dancing class was in progress. 
Because of other engagements the class was held this evening instead of 
tomorrow, Friday. 

Friday, Jan 19, 1940 Cloudy 

We axe having very cold weather. There has been a long siege 
of it. We hover around the fireplaces and have our Christmas books at 
hand. One is called "Famous First Facts". This is in the form of a 
reference book with a chronological index, a geographical index and an 
alphabetical index. It makes good reading except as someone said about 
the Dictionary, the stories are rather short I Among interesting and 
amusing facts given is this one: 

"The First Bath-tub was installed by Adam 
Thompson, a wealthy cotton and grain dealer of 
Cincinnati, Ohio. It was encased in 
Nicaraguan mahogany and was lined with sheet 
metal, ■'■t was seven feet long, four feet wide 
and weighed 1, 750 pounds." 


Saturday, Jan 20, 194.0 Cloudy- 

Preparations are in progress for the arrival of the 
Retreat ministers who are coming tomorrow to stay till Wednesday. 

Three days ago we learned of the death of Mr. Wm. P. Bodwell 
&8 years old who was a recognized artist and draftsman. He was 
connected with the Boston Herald newspaper which in 1897 published a 
series of sketches by Mr. Bodwell picturing the homes and haunts of 
the New England poets. Two of these groups of pictures are in the 
Inn. One is of Longfellow and the other of John G. Whittier. 

The above reminds us that there is soon to be printed a new 
set of commemorative stamps honoring famous American peets. They are 
Longfellow, Whittier, Lowell, Whitman and Riley. 


Sunday , January 21, 1940 


38th Annual Ministers Retreat 

According to official records of the Retreat it begins 
on the 3rd Monday in January. Years ago a certain minister decided 
to come after the close of his church service on the previous 
Sunday. Others liked his idea. More and more of the clergymen 
made it a point to start off towards the Wayside Inn after they had 
pronounced the Benediction on Sunday. Consequently re ;ere prepared 
to gre^t at least a part of the ministerial assemblage colled "The 
Retreat" today. Sure enough the ten o'clock Bus stopped. Dr. John 
van Schaick appeared with bag and baggage, the baggage consisting of 
a brief case filled with books and papers. Dr. van Schaick has been 
appointed "Prior" of this Retreat. He has to see to it that everyone 
has a good time, that tilings run smoothly, that all are together at 
meal times, that all attend meetings on schedule. 

In the afternoon one minister followed another until nine 
were here with twenty expected. Dr. Frederic Perkins formerly pastor 
of the church in Washington was among the first to come and looked very 
fit after an attack of laryngitis. Another older member to appear 
in the afternoon was Dr. McCollester once minister in Detroit and 
more recently Dean of the Tufts Theological School. Some of the young- 
er members also came this afternoon - Drs. Rose end Brooks. The latter 
is now filling the place of Dr. Perkins in Washington. Nothing of 
particular importance occurred this evening. As has already been 
stated, the official time of opening the Retreat j.~ tomorrow 

Ministers Huntly and Perkins 


Ministers Huntley and Perkins 


Monday, January 22, 194-0 


By noon time the house was filled with Fraters. Fraters 
from far and near. . Dr. Lowe from Rockland, Maine and Dr. Coons 
froiuia Brookline, Dr. Leining from Syracuse, New York and Dr. 
Frazier from Maiden. It is a tradition of the Retreat to always 
include the minister from Maiden, Mass. Maiden has a particular 
association because it was Dr. Albion, minister in Maiden who 
started the Retreat in 1903 • He was a friend of Mr. Lemon, Landlord 
of the Wayside ^nn and Mr. Lemon was a Maiden man. 

There are other traditions carried on by the ministers, 
".hen a man has attended twenty-five Re+reats, he is given a small 
token of recognition by the group. This year the honor fell upon 
Dr. Btz and Dr. McCollester. At the meeting this evening a pair of 
pewter candlesticks was presented to each 25 year man. , the presen- 
tation speech being made by Dr. Perkins. He started in a humorous 
vein by saying that the Fraters had been compelled to endurs the 
presence of Drs. McCollester and Etz for a quarter of a century. He 
ended in expressing the profound appreciation and love of the 
Fraters for these two men. 

Dr . Etz 

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Monday, January 22 - continued 

Dr. Stz replied by saying that the candlesticks were symbols 
of the light and inspiration which had come to him during his quarter 
century attendance. Dr. McCollester was reminiscent and sentimental. 
There by the hearth fire he saw other Fraters not present. Drs. Hall 
and Tomlinson in particular, both friends and classmates of Dr. Mc- 
collester - friends for over 60 years and so he added: "This is 
quite a shrine, fellows. The years multiply not in sadness, but in 
rich fellowship with men. Here one senses the reality of personality, 
something that abides. The things that remain have come from this 
place. Here there is a revelation of soul to soul. Someday, I will 
light ihits gift and talk of lighter things, but sentiment is perhaps 
after all, most close to fact." 

The Prior then introduced the speaker of this evening, 
Dr. William Wallace Rose of Lynn, Mass. xaho explained that he had first 
been asked to give a talk on "The Old Inn and the Tales". Later it was 
announced that he would talk on "The Old Inn and the Retreat". Therefore 
he chose for his subject "The Old Inn, The Tales and The Retreat"! 
He took as a basis for his lecture the new book called "The Characters 
in Tales of a Wayside Inn" and gave a summary of it. At the end Dr. Rose 
spoke of the similarity of the Retreat group to the one pictured here by 
Longfellow. He did not make a definate comparison, but only touched on 
the thought that here in the Fraters group there are and have been the 
same types of personalities described by Longfellow. It would be unfair 
to mention them by name, he said. 

Comparatively new members of the Retreat 
Frazier - Hoyt - Fiske - Lobdell 


Tuesday, January 23, 194-0 Pleasant 

This year the Fraters seem to have more liesure time- 
not so many serious discussions or business meetings. They are plainly 
having a rest. The; are taking walks to the Mill and school house 
and new chapel. They are especially interested in the chapel. This 
year the younger men of the group are coming more to the front and 
are fraternizing with the older members more than in the past. The 
group Is changing. Drs. Tomlinson, Fisher and Gray have gone. Hammett 
and Hall are not able to be here. Their places are filled by younger 
men. . Lalone, Frazier, Hoyt and Kapp. The last named is the minister 
in Rochester, New York. He -thinks that the young faction of the Retreat 
shoul-d knor; more about the Inn. He is making it a point to learn 
its history, to make a study of its literary background. He expects 
to give some illustrated lectures about the Inn. 

After dinner, cooked and served in the Old Kitchen, the Fraters 
adjourned this evening to the large Bal!}. room. They sat in a corner * e *' 
<&£ the fireplace while Miss Fisher accompanied by her friend Miss Sargent 
rendered two groups of songs. In between groups, Dr. Sllenwood , minister 
at Woonsocket, Rhode Island gave a r.-ading of "King Robert of Sicily", 
the young Sicilian's story in the Tales. The whole program was beautifully 
rendered. The son^s were well chosen. Dr. Coons' reading was a fine 
interpretation of Longfellow's work. The musical program was as follows; 

Du bist wie eine Blume Sc human 

Thy voice Schuman 

Ein Traum Grieg 

The Bird with the Broken Wing Colson 

My love is like a red, red rose Scotch 

The Star Rogers 

Duet from Hansel & Gretal Humperdink 

'Then I have sung my song Charles 

"Wednesday, January 24., 194-0 Cloudy 

This is the last day of the Retreat. In fact some of the 
Fraters left early this morning and most of them took leave shortly 
after the Communion Service. The Communion is held in the Old Kitchen. 
All have told us what a fine time they have had this year. We might say 
that the 194-0 Retreat has ben one of jolly good fellowship, shared 
whole heartedly by everyone present. A feuside lights of the occasion 
come to mind. 

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Wednesday, January 24., 194-0 continued 

Dr. Perkins laryngitis came on him again. This was the 
cause of much fun at Dr. Perkins' expense. The other Praters 
jokingly said "Dr. Perkins is at last talked out. It has taken 
38 years to wea-fc out his voice!" 

Dr. van Schaick made friends with a little nut hatch and 
fed him from the window of the Garden room. 

One of the ministers thought that the formal discussion 
on the subject of "Human Nature and the ^ature of Evil* was the 
highest and finest discussion ever held here. 

Dr. Leonard Carmichael, President of Tufts College was a 
dinner guest of the Praters on Tuesday evening. 

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194-0 RETREAT 



F. Leining 





van Schaick 










Thursday, January 25, 194-0 Pleasant 

There were several events which occurred at the Inn or 
thereabouts during the tine of the Retreat ."tkey ".id not concern the 
ministers but W-ieii should be recorded. 

The first church in the Sudbury valley was built in Wayland 
(then a part of Sudbury) in I64.O. Last Sunday the First Parish 
church in Wayland celebrated the 300th anniversary with a fitting 
program. Governor Leverett Saltonstall sent greetings. 

On Tuesday last, the wives of Orthopaedic surgeons attending 
a five day convention in Boston were luncheon guests here. Sixty 
eight women were present and were very enthusiastic about their trip 
through the house. They wsre taken around in two large groups and 
vere sincerely and genuinely interested in every part of the story. 

Friday, January 26, 194-0 Pleasant, cold 

Overnight guests tonight are four in number. Dr. Katherine 
Andrews and Miss Ruth B. Sweet are near neighbors in Wayland seeking 
a rest from strenuous labors. Dr. Andrews carried under her arm a 
first edition of the Tales of a Wayside Inn bought at an old light- 
house keeper's home on Cape Cod. The other two guests v/ere a bridal 
couple, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. Williams married this afternoon in 
Brookline, Ma~s. 

Saturday, January -2&", 194-0 Pleasant 

A guest who registered in our Special Guest book today was 
Miss Bertha Damon, author of "Grandmother called it carnel" . When 
putting her name in the register book, Miss Damon noticed that her 
name came under that of Anne Lindbergh. She told us that her book and 
a book written by Mrs. Lindbergh were published the same year and were 
considered by the New York Herald Tribune as being the two best 
written books of the year. Mis ^ Damon lives in Cambridge. 

A guest from Lexington, Kentucky told us today about the 
naming of her city. She said that mn the year 1775 the people of the 
town were undacided what to name the place. Hften came news of the 
Battle of Lexington. The name was quickly decided upon. 


Sunday, January 28, 194.0 Pleasant 

when Sunday comes we think of the new Chapel. It is 
rapidly taking on the shape and size of a New England Meeting house. 
The roof is on and the steeple is part way up. Its to be a 
Christopher Wrenn steeple, a typical old church spire, rising white 
and straight towards the open sky. The other day we saw the new 
building from the upper highway. One looks down over the field where 
sheep graze to see the Chapel standing on a little hill. It will be 
~>"ike a Beacon, seen by all who come from any direction towards the 
7'ayside Inn. Truly a New England country scene of a hundred or two 
hundred years ago. There is the old Inn, the stone Mill, a little 
red School house and now a Church. Soon we shall hear the bell 
ringing. It is time to go to "meeting". 

Monday, January 29, 19A0 Pleasant 

On this extremely cold day we were surprised to see our 
friend Mr. Frederick Robbins, artist from Westboro, Mass. again 
making a sketch of the Inn. He sat accross the road near the barn 
wrapped in sweaters, scarfs and thick gloves, keeping his eyes on 
the Inn and working fast with his pencil until near 5 o'clock in the 
afternoon. Then he came into the Bar-room for a few minutes, warmed 
himself in front of the fireplace, wrapped an extra scarf around his 
throat and set\ off on his bicycle towards home - twelve miles. We 
shivered to see him sitting there the long afternoon but he is a 
cheerful sort of person and informed us that he must eat in spite of 
the cold. Last Summer when the thermometer v;as hovering around 
90 degrees, Mr. Robbins made pictures of both the Inn and the Mill. 
The Mill sketch has been made into a very fine etching. 

Tuesday, January 30, 194-0 Pleasant 

'■■■he weather man reports that the has been the coldest 
January in 20 years. 

As a reminder of the old time husking bee, Mr. Sermott 
brought in 3 red ears of corn today. These were large, full ears of 
a deep, reddish brown color. They will be hung in the old Kitchen 
with the yellow corn already there. 

Dr. Leonard Carmichaei, President of Tufts College told us 
that he came to the Inn with a group of Philosphers in 1924.. Among 
those who were here at the same time was Professor John Dewey, well 
known philospher, writer and teacher. 


Wednesday, January 31, 194-0 Pleasant 

~ don't like to talk about ourselves, but we are just 
about to put something away in the Archives which may be of interest 
to readers of the Diary. This is a poem, typed and mounted on 
green and red paper and tied at the top with gold ribbon. The poem 
was composed by Miss Joan Dieffenbach, a Christmas guest, in honor of 
the four Wayside Inn hostesses. The poem - 5 verses in length - 
starts this way: 


Four genial hostesses 
Standing in a row 
Ready, pleasant, willing 
To show people where to go 

To give for some few moments 
The feeling of old charm 
To those who stop and listen 

hile the firelight flickers on 

Thursday, February 1, 194-0 Pleasant 

A nearby neighbor, Mrs. Geehan, who lives on the wayside Inn 
property was here for luncheon today with a party of six ladies. 

Some guests v/ere enjoying the winter landscape as they 
looked out the windows of the small dining room. Down the road came 
a yoke of slow moving oxen. The guests v/ere reminfeded of a Currier 
and Ives print - the Mill and snow covered hills in the background. 
Just then there was a roar and a whiz and the Boston and Worcester bus, 
like a great red monster came tearing along the highway to spoil the 
beautiful picture. The guests were suddenly jerked out of their 18th 
century interlude and laughingly returned to the dinner table. 

Friday, February 2, 1940 Pleasant 

Every day we ere confronted with aany different types of 
guests, old and young, rich and poor - all seeking to find here some- 
thing of interest to them. It may be the old butter churn that brings 
a smile on the face of an old man - or it may be the story of Psul 
Revere' s Ride which stirs a feeling of patriotism in the heart of a 
school child. Again the mention of Longfellow will bring back the 
memory of happy school days to a middle aged guest. So we might go on 
indefinately telling of the particular appeal the Inn has to certain of 
our guests. Sometimes we don't know why or can we find out for what 
reason some of the people come. This evening, for instance, we were 
puzzled until we learned that Mrs. Hyde used to come here as a girl. She 
came tonight for old times sake. She wanted to see the old Kitchen 

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Friday, February 2 - continued 

where she dined with a party of girls from Dana Hall in the lS90 f s. 
Thevcame on a sleighing party. Mrs. Hyde remembers it well. Then we 
crossed to the Parlor and found there a nice looking couple, college students. 
They were not the sophiscated, gay type but modest and serious. The tall 
twenty -year -old boy told us that he wsfe a student at the Harvard Business 
School. He wanted to know about the Ford factory at Dearborn and the 
Wayside Inn schools. Next we approached a father/and son, overnight guests. 
The son attends the Milton Mass. Academy and is rehearsing for a school 
play, the father coaching him along. The talk with them was of the new 
moving picture "Gone With The Wind", the Southern people, their customs and 
finally the discussion centered around Williamsburg, Virginia. Apparently 
these two guests are here to enjoy a week-end rest. They spent a quiet 
evening and retired early. 

Saturday, February 3, 194-0 Pleasant 

"Yftiere can I take you for your Birthday?" asked a father of 
his daughter the other evening. "To the Wayside Inn" the daughter replied. 
Consequently we had the pleasure of entertaining Bliss Sally Chandler this 
evening with her mother, father and three friends. Sally had been here 
once before. When Mr. Chandler put Duncan Himes book "Adventures in Cood 
Eating" into his daughter's lap and asked the above question, Sally did 
not even open the book. She did not hesitate for a minute, there was no 
question, the Wayside Inn was the place. The two hostesses on duty tonight 
were duly impressed with the importance of the Birthday and speedily im- 
provised a Birthday cake. They took a small loaf cake, put 12 candles on 
it and some candies around the edge. Sally was much pleased. In the 
meantime, Mr. nd Mrs. Bowker arrived with a dozen roses and requested that 
one be given to Sally. The rose was presented with these words: "Old 
Father Time has sent you a rose for your Birthday, Sally. Sally said after- 
ward "And my face was as red as the rose when it was given to me I" 


Sunday, February 4, 1940 Pleasant 

Our week-end guests, Mr. J. B. Murphy and Mr. J. S. Murphy 
left the Inn today and are on their way to their respective occupations, 
the elder Murphy to New York and the son to Milton Academy. They are 
summer residents of Seal Harbor, Maine and have known the Edsel Ford 
family for many years. 

Dear, little, old Mrs. Mead came today with a younger woman 
as attendant. Mrs. Mead is from Winchester, Mass. and came to the 
Inn frequently in the"old days" as she calls the period of Mr. Lemon's 
regime . 

Monday, February 5, 1940 Cloudy, snow 

Mrs. Sydney Morrison drove out from her home in Brookline 
for tea this afternoon. She is the wife of a famous X-ray doctor. 

-.3 Staples remembers the Morrisons when he was a hospital interne 
and she in nurses training. They were married young and with very 
little money, both coming from poor, Vermont farm people. Nov/ they 
are having "better" days and are generous in sharing their good lot 
with others. Mrs. Morrison brought with her this afternoon a sweet little 
girl v.ho has been in the hospital some weeks, pale and thin. She carried 
in her arms two middle sized dolls she called Grandpa and Grandma. She 
thought the dolls would enjoy this old house. 

Tuesday, February 6, 1940 Cloudy 

We don't want the readers of the Diary to miss any of the 
children who come to the Inn. Recently we have had two interesting 
groups, both near of an age, but far apart in their manner of living. 
The first were 15 boys -and girls from a Diabetic Home. They brought 
their lunches with them, carefully packed in square cardboard boxes. 
The lunches had been prepared in the kitchens of the institution and 
consisted of only the special tliings^these invalid youngsters could 
eat. The other group were from St. Marks School, all boys. ' x hey were 
being entertained at dinner by a fond father. There was much concern 
as to what they would like to have to eat. The shortest and probably 
the youngest member of the party, in first long pants, stood on tip 
toe at the Bar and said in a high pitched voice: "I want steak and I 
want the soft kind I" 

Wednesday, February 7, 1940 Cloudy 

The one cent green stamp in honor of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 
is to be released at Portland, Maine on February 16. This is the first 
time a postabe stamp has been designed for a resident of the Pine Tree 
state. ^ 


Thursday, February 8, 194-0 Pleas ant 

In these days of glaring headlines and controversial dis- 
cussions of the European situation, it is interesting to get the point 
of viev; of an ordinary citizen of Vienna, Austria. Our guest today, 
Christine Musik was one who has never known peace. She was young when 
the World War began. She knew the horrors of that war and its aftermath 
of unsettled conditions, changing governments, unrest. She doesn't want 
to go back there. She dreads the deplorable state of things, yet she 
was cheerful and philosophic in saying that when things are darkest and 
peace seems farthest, then comes the turn towards light 2nd hope. 
People of her age, our guest explained, only know the colorful, musical 
Vienna from tradition, '■••'hey pray for the return of the old culture and 
above all do not want an Austria under Hitler. 

Friday, February 9, 194-0 Pleasant 

Guest: "This is a satisfying place to come, '■'•'he 

food is good and the entertainment is good. 

We looked in at the dancing class this afternoon just as the 
Southwest school children were being taught "Lady Walpole's Reel". 

Mr. Robert L. Parker of Newark, N. J. displaying and 
demonstrating Ford By-products at the Sportman's Show in Boston, is an 
overnight guest tonight. 

S-.turday, February 10, 1940 Pleasant 

Today marks the premiere of the moving picture "Young Tom 
Edison". It will be shown at Edison's Birthplace, Port Huron, 
Michigan on this day before his birthday. 

The Boston Transcript has a very fine editorial comparing the 
world into which Mr. Edison was born 93 years ago and the worl d of 
today from the scier+iests point of view. Edison's time was one of 
physical expansion. Pioneers were pushing into the undeveloped lands 
of the West. Morse was bringing out the telegraph. Jharles Goodyear 's 
vulcanization process for rubber was less than ten years old. Edison 
himself developing the incandescent lamp, the phonograph, the moving 
picture camera. Today we need a man who can bring light into the minds 
and hearts, says the Editor of the Transcript. We need someone to aid 
in the communication of minds as Edison aided in the communication of 
voices. We need to develop social scientists who will do for the 
coming era what the physical scientists did for the one just past. 


Sunday, February 11, 194.0 Partly cloudy 

The good, old fashioned indoor sport of popping corn was 
enjoyed by dinner guests this evening. The guests were mostly from 
the staff of the Peabody Museum in Cambridge. Mrs. J. C. Fisher 
Motz of Holbrook, Mass. was their hostess. She arranged for dinner 
to be cooked and served in the Old Kitchen. Besides the pop corn, 
Mrs. ;><otz brought marsh mallows which were placed on the end of long, 
hand wrought iron forkes and toasted over the coals. One member of the 
party had been in the West for sometime and while there learned 
many cow boy songs. These he sang by the dim light of the fireplace 
accompanied by a guitar. 

Monday, February 12, 194-0 Pleasant 


Mr. Joseph Berendt has arrived from Dearborn to install 
two furnaces in the new chapel. Later he will put a heating plant 
in the Mill, Walker house and little old Parmenter Sisters' place. 

Two quiet gentlemen dined here tonight. One from Texas, the 
other from Georgia. Both were good listeners to the story of the 
house but made very few comments as they went through. On leaving, 
however, they expressed their appreciation. . the man from Georgia in 
this way: "I'd like to go right through the house again tonight and 
hear the story all over again" . 

Tuesday, February 13, 194-0 Very pleasant 

Mrs. Anne K. Walsh of So. Orange, N. J. told us today that 
she used to work in the office of Mr. Edison's Pe.tent Attorney. 
Consequently she had the privilege of seeing the great inventor every 
day for a number of years. She used to sign all papers connected with 
Mr. Edison's patents. 

A pretty young woman came to the Bar and told us that she 
and her husband were brought to the Inn by their young son (about 7 
years old). "He heard about the Inn from one of his friends in Nev/ 
Haven" she said. The family had come from Iowa, stopping in New 
Haven to visit friends. 


Wednesday, February 14., 194.0 Worst storm since 1921 

"Snow with wind reaching gale force" was the weather man's 
prediction and this time he was right. Snow fell until it made a 
blanket L4 inches thick and the gale reached a 60 mile an hour velocity. 
It started in the earl y afternoon and reached its height around 
7 o'clock in the evening. Snow blew furiously in every direction, 
blinding all travel by foot or by motor. After an hour or two greet 
drifts, high and deep loomed up as the unfortunate wayfarer tried to 
find a familiar path. The blizzard v/as a swirling white curtain and the 
roar it made was like a fierce wil beast let loose. Those inside the 
Inn wondered about their friends and families. Did Miss deMille reach 
home safely? V»here r/ere the Sennott children? 

"Shut in from all the world without 
We sat, the clean winged hearth about 
Content to let the north wind roar 
In baffled rajs at pane and door" 

No, we "ere not content in letting the north wind roar. We were 
anxious about out Inn folk. T7e wanted to know if they were safe. The 
morning would tell. 

"So all night long the 

storm roared on - " 

Thursday, February 15, 194-0 Pleasant 

Y.hittier's Snow Bound was a reality today. 

No cloud above, no earth below 
A universe of sky and snow 

lie wakened to a clear blue sky and a white earth. In between tte 
two were dark patches of trees - now calm and still. The barn, the Inn 
the Gate House, all looked as if washed clean in the morning sunshine. 
Everything else hite. Motor plows were seen plying back end forth, 
but best of all was the old fashioned horse drawn plow - " go on, giddy- up 
get through that snow" - we heard the driver yell to old Dobbin and sure 
enough - a clean path was made as the snow went tumbling over on either sii e, 
The personel of the Inn began arriving one by one and each with a "blizz:. d" 

Agnes: "I left Boston at 6 1' clock last night on the 

bus and got here at 9* Three hours. My feet were 
wet, my coat was soaked! One delay after another." 

Mr. Estabrook: "I didn't try to go home. I pulled out a 
cot and slept on it". 

And so through the day. Fortunately no one here was hurt 
or injured. ,J -'he morning papers say that Boston is literally snow bound. 

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No school and the business houses are closed. The radio 
announcer, speaking for the Governor advises people to staj at home, 
not to travel unless absolutely necessary. So it is here. Very few 
guests have appeared except on urgent businesss. We have spent most 
of the day watching the men and boys with their shovels adding pile 
upon pile — until at last we are surrounded with miniature ranges of 
snow. Some of the "peaks" are much higher than the men. There is 
hardly a trace of the stone walls. The small ball room , where 
ordinarily the sun comes in brightly, is today nearly dark. Banks 
of snow on the roof obstruct the day light. Never have we seen the 
Inn in prettier garb. From the upper road the full sweep of a 
beautiful picture can be seen. We would call it "Winter morning in 
old New England". 

Friday, February 16, 1940 


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Saturday, February 17, 194-0 Pleasant 

For a long time Mr. and Mrs. K. S„ Valentine of Long Island, 
New York have been planning a second trip go the Wayside Inn. They wanted 
to come with friends for a dinner in the Old Kitchen. They wanted a 
crisp, cold Nev; England evening with snow piled high around the windows. 
The only thi^g they have is snow I The friends were timid about coming, 
the old Kitchen lost its charm without friends and the evening is not 
extremely cold. The Valentines came just the same. They are sitting by 
the fire in the Parlor as we write, engrossed in reading the 
"Tales of a Wayside - L Inn". 


Sunday, February 18, 1940 


lank;'- youth dressed in homespun tweeds and flat shoes 
in this morning alone. He is a student at Phillips Exeter 
..demy. He went through the rooms and once in a while took a piece 
in his hands and looked at it for a long time. He cai nd 
v.nadered '.round again. u e hesitated in front of the fireplace. He 
finally paused at the Bar where he spoke to the hostess. He said: 
''I've never been here before, you know, yet it all seems familiar to 
me somehow. Seems as if I'd seen all these things at some other 
time. Its all very strange." 

Monday, February 19, 194-0 


.other snow storm descended upon us today. ; re just 
getting ourselves out from under the one of last Wednesday when along 
came another today. This storm is not of blizzard proportion but is 
mor dangerous in some ways. The snc 1- et and heavy. It is 
piling up rapidly and added to what we already have it makes a deep 
covering everywhere. Today the motorist is having difficulty because 
the snow is sticky and clings to the windshield. The five o'clock 
Boston-worcester bus bound for Boston collided with the bus coming from 
the opposite direction and caused a major accident in f ron t of the 
Calvin Howe house. Two passengers -ere seriously injured and the rest 
badly shaken up. Because of last weeks experience a good many people are 
afraid to venture out. Consequently we look on a quiet world tonight 
with the snow falling softly and slowly. The snow is clinging to trees 
and roof tops. Every little twig is bent under its weight. The ploi 
are plying back and forth. We are comfortable and w^rm inside the Inn 
and do not entertain the same anxiety as in last weeks stori . 

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Wednesday, February 21, 194-0 Pleasant 

Mir. and Mrw. Robert Boyer with Nancy and Bobbie Jr. arrived 
from Dearborn yesterday. They will be here a few days while Mr. Boyer 
transacts business in this vicinity. Nancy end Bobby are drawing 
pictures and writing noes -nd running around the house as if they 
had lived here, always. We find then very agreeable and interesting children. 
They madke a charming picture sitting side h, side on the high backed 
settle before the open fire. . Nancy with braids of hair tied with pink 
bow ribbons and Bobby in a dark suspender suit. They talk like adults 
when at work but they play like children when their little legs carry them 
from one part of the house to the other. 

Thursday, February 22, 194-0 Pleasant 


The Stars and Sripes blew gently over the front door o. J the Inn 
today. The flag was a a symbol of welcome to our holiday guests and a 
reminder of the great respect and debt we owe to the Father of our 
country. Washington met with tremenious defeat and isappointment. He 
was discouraged over and over again. Men in whom he placed the most 
confidence deBer ed him. Yet with a ragged little army and with supreme 
determination, he won. He neveryj.elded to selfishness, but thought only 
of his country. The stars and stipes are what he fought for. They 
stir a feeling of patriotism and loyalty. Inside the Inn our holiday 
guests found many things to further remind them of sacrifices made, 
and battles won under the leadership of George Washington. . Paul Revere 
prints, the room in which Lafayette slept, a Revolutionary musket, 
Colonel Ezekiel Howe, and finally a true copy of the Declaration of 
Independence. Thank God for this one day when we lay aside everything 
else in order to honor Washington. A day is a short time. Every day 
let us live as he lived, courageous, brave and strong against defeat. 

Friday, February 23, 1940 Pleasant 

A pleasant dinner party took place in the old dining room 
this evening when four young couples celebrated a birthday. They were 
people from Weston who separately have been to the Inn many times. 
They had never seen a dancing class, however, and were happy to find the 
boys here, doing a quadrille under the direction of Mr. Haynes. It 
provided a fine entertainment for the evening. The guests came down later 
and expressed their interest in the old dances and their appreciation 
of the Inn. The hostess said: "I like to come here because you feel as 
if you were in your own home." 

Saturday, February 24, 1940 Pleasant 

Mr. and Mrs. Boyer, Nancy and Bobbie are still here and we are 
enjoying tis attractive little family. Bobbie has made a paper bag today 

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to hold his crayons. Nancy has presented each of us with a 
picture drawn with pencil. We have an assortment of mountains, flowers 
and houses. 

A young gentleman from Peru, teaching in some shcool near 
Boston was a dinner guest this evening. He remembers the Tales of a 
Wayside Inn in his High School literature class; remembers it because it 

drelled into him by an elderly school teacher who was born and bred 
in New England. 

When the Bowkers were here the other evening we discovered that 
Mr. Bowker first came to the Inn in September 1917. "e recalls that 
Mr. L err:on was here and spoke to him about the Gasoline-less Sundays then 
in effect because of the first World War. Mr. Lemon said the measure 
7ra.s hurting his Sunday business. 

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Sunday, February 25, 194-0 Pleasant 

" 3S Fisher has returned from a vacation spent in Washington, D.C, 
and Charlottesville, Virginia. Miss Fielding is away now, in N " Ik, 
Mass. v/here her sister resides. Miss de-Mile's vacation turn will be next. 

26, 194-0 Cloudy 

ladies fro ng] 3 attendin - ol near Boston paid 
the Inn a visit tc 2 ad found here much to interest then. Tl 

illed to find Edward's name on the Coolidge Sap Bucket. They beamed 
)ke to our Devon cattle and mentioned good old Devonshire cream. 
Then the stc , told of the Tiedgwood jug in the Parlor, the one made 
in commemoration of Longfellow's poem "Kermos", the girlr ith 

joy. They h never heard the story and remarked t] tie had to come to 

•ica to '. n about England etc. , of course, that the name of 
Wedgwood is dear to the hearts of all En 

Tuedday, February 27, 194-0 \ loudy 

:ept for the shrill buzzing of a grave diggers drill afar off- 
.: quiet in a'r. Auburn thj Iked on a crust of icy snow 

to Longfellow's last resting place. The single name "Longfellow" on 

oe of granite stood out ' . ad cold. Yet ther ' ling of 
rmth around it as we stood under the rays cf a "inter sun. We first 
cod a bh upon the stone. Then those immortal lines from his 
Psalm of Life came to us - 

"Life is -re at! Life 
And t- re is not _^al 
t thou art, to dust returnest 
j not spoken ul." 

felt there and then the very soul of Longfellow. He once s 
t the Psalm of Life came from his inmost heart. And again he called 
the 1 lm of Death". 

Thi _ token of appreciation sent d - Ford 
on this, the poet's birthday. The greens for Tere gatherec 

. the poet's 

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Wednesday February 28, 194-0 

Yecter. j "ternoon, : . itstill who takes charge of 
seeing tours for children, brought 9! i iris to see the Inn. 
pils of schools in ne lboro. 

Th^. Bob Boyer 1« 
us. The childr r : \ anticipating a trip back to Detroit by 

of Ni York and travelling irplane. 

Thursday, Febru r? 29 » 194-0 


Commander Drse stationed at the naval base at N 

London, Conn, arrive d this evening to ra] . They have 
brought "Gray" their porrot. He is beh ' r*2 llj not disturbing in 

Somi tim< histle at the foot of the i ^ay, on the 

third floor, imitates our ' tie. This L keep on groing back and 
forth indefinately if you have the tine. Ag , . re 

occ ' 3, lit dor. to the Bex room he doesn't "choose" to say a vrord, 

Friday, M xch 1, 194-0 


Ufa*. Albert Haynes . 

Friday is Mr. Haynes day at the Inn. He comes in the afternoon 
to teach the children ry Laml " South ohools old fashioned 

cing. Ft 7 to 9:4-5 o'clock, Mr. Haynes has charge of the 

dancir 3 for the Boys h 1. Mr. Haynes is a resident of Sudbury. His 
ancestor, Deacon Haynes, was one of the first "proprietors" of the to n. 

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night y Saturday is the Bowkers b the Inn. 
Today Mrs. Bowker brought her first Tom Thumb rose, carefully wrapped 
in cotton and v:axed paper. Sh: ht more buds on the tiny plant 
whi in the house and hopes to bring us one blossor: a week for 
eks! The plant is thriving this winter, Mrs. Bowker reports, 
2 little blossom looks hale and hardy in its miniature hand blown -. 

r is having " :ure in x __tures he has 
:en of the Inn. Last week he took many different views of the Inn in 
the mo light; a full, clear moon making the Inn as bright as in day 


Sunday, March 3, 194-0 Pleasant 

Anita Louise came back to the Wayside Inn today. She was here 
in 1927 "hen 9 years old. At that time she impersonated Mary Sawyer. She 
and several other theatrical people from New York came here to make a 
movie story of ^nd her lamb. Anita Louise Fremault with long blonde 
curls and beautiful blue eyes filled the part to perfection. Her mother 

..ith her then. Now Anita is a grown lady with the same beautiful eyes 
and blond hair and is one of the best known movie stars. She appeared on the 
stage in Worcester this afternoon and evening and made a special request of her 
managers to be brought to Sudbury to see the Wayside Inn again. She 
remembered the house well and wanted to see the room she occupied when a 
child. She stayed for dinner and registered in our special guest book. 

Monday, March 1+, 19-40 Sleet and ice storm 

This is our third storm. This time heavy rain which freezes as 
it falls, sometimes large drops the size of hail stones. We can hear it beating 
again the panes. The roads are bad again and travelling is unsafe ice on the 

ishield blinding the driver. We hardly expected guests but were not sur- 
prised when the Margesons dropped in. They were celebrating Mrs. M;.rgeson's 
birthday and brought the whole family - 3 children. We hadn't seen them for. some- 
time and found the children quite grown up - the oldest about 10 years. 
Mr. Margeson confided in the hostess that "times" had been hard. They love to 
come to the Inn but found it impossible during the past few months - "but we're 
getting on better now" he said. 

Tuesday, March 5, 1940 Partly cloudy 

Guest - pointing to tiny ice house across the road near barm; "Is 
that the school house that Mary attended?" 

Ers. ::orse who has been a frequent guest over a period of several 
years, spoke to us recently about the flour ground in our mill. "We have 
used nothing but Wayside Inn flour since ve first came here" she said. 

Wednesday, March 6, I94.O Pleasant 

Mr. Ed Cutler from Dearborn arrived today to inspect work on the 
chapel - which now looks very much like a chapel. It stands out prominently 
on the landscape. Its windows, with arched tops, and its part-way- up steeple 
identify it as a place of worship for the Wayside Inn. Down in the Inn base- 
ment, just arrived, are the pulpit, lectern and altar. These were made at the 
Ways, Georgia estate of Mr. Ford and are built of Georgia pine. 


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Thursday, ^ rt rch 7, 194.0 Cloudy, snow 

An enthusiastic little group of women joined the hostess in the 
old kitchen this afternoon and were noticably alike. That is, at least three 
looked like sisters. We ventured the question - were they sisters? "Yes, 
all five" came the reply. They told us that they were of the Moore family of 
Hackensack, N. J., all are married exce pt one - and all live in the vicinity 
of "" York. There is a brother who is in the steam ship business. This 
acco nts for the trip being taken by the sisters. They have L een by boat to 
Texas and back to Boston, then home to New York. Each wore a gardenia and 

t i base of their trip, luncheon at the Wayside Inn, one of the high 
spots of their vacation. 

Friday, March 3, 194-0 Pleas ant 

The Wayside Inn family feel snug and secure cs they read the daily 
headlines, yet they are not unmindful of the horrible suffering and conflict 
in other parts of the World. While all is quiet and peaceful here now, the 
Inn has had its own days of war talk and soldiers and guns. Many soldiers 
stopped here in the Revolution; men in red coats as well as ti.ose in 
Continental homespun. Today we sat on the straight backed settle in front of 
the cheery fire and read a letter from across the sea telling its story of 
evacuation and airplanes. It has aroused the s; hy of all who have read 
it here. Ian to answer, to send from this little corner of the world, in 
the hills of old New England, the sympathy and understanding of friends at 
old Waysdie Inn - convey as best we can the feelings we have for those in 
deep distress. 

Saturday, March 9, 1940 Pleasant 

A Grey Line Bus drove up to the door this morning and deposited 
representatives of the Grey Hound Hig ay Tours from all parts of the 
country. They visited the mill and school ending their Wayside Inn sojourn 
with a trip through the house. They are the people who send the present 
dy travellers over the most interesting routes and plan their trips and 
spped them on their way. We, therefore, were particularly anxious to make 
every part of their visit here interesting and enjoyable. 


Sunday, M arch 10, 194-0 Pleasant 

The card of merit presented to Adam Howe in 1809 for 
diligence and application to his studies, revealed an interesting 
fact today; namely, that the boy in our group of guests who had 
shown so much interest in the Inn stands at tfc head of his class in 

"'^nchester N. H. grade school. The boy was with his parents, neat, 
clean people but not highly educated, ^robably they had never been 
through High School. The son, however is g unusual interest 
in learning and, as is not always the case, the parents are doing 
everything j jssible to. help and enco^ . The boy couldn't seem 
to hear enough about the Inn. He drank in every word and by his 
questions showed that he had a good understanding of American history. 
He was especially thrilled to hear about Longfellow and the Tales of a 
ide Inn - so enthusiastic that his father bought him a copy of the 
Visitors Edition of the Tales. This the boy handled as if it were 

b ig of gold' 

Monday March 11, 19-40 Very cold 

A very fine lady came for luncheon today md brought others 
i her - including her daughter. We say "fine" lady because she 
had an open heart and mind. She wanted to hear about Longfellow, she 
wanted her friends to see the Inn. She was ever mindful of her guests 
and thoughtful of all with whom she came in contact. This fine lady 
told us a fine story. It was this: She said that when her daughter 

i a little girl in the Ruggles School in Brookline, she came home from 
school one d aed her mother: "Mother, which are greater, the 
poets or scientists?" The mother answered: "There is no question 
in my mind, but what do you think?" "Well," said the child Llla 
iones (McDill) - "the teacher asked the question in school and I was 
theoaly one who said' the poets' because I knew that Longfellow would 
be remembered long after the scientists were gone I" 

Tuesday, M rch 12, 194-0 Cold 

Snow drops and pussy willows and baby lambs - what could 
sound more like Spring? Y have seen very little of Spring. 
There is snow on the ground and days and nights are very cold. It was 
heartening, however, to hear today of the snow drops which havt, red 
under the window of the old Kitchen as usual. Miss Fisher found pussy 

s on her morning walk and bab lambs are arriving in the barn 
almost daily. 

arty of thirty-four women headed by Mrs. Robert M. Chase of 
Ashland, Mass. held a luncheon-meeting here today. 


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:Lnesday March 13, 1940 Pleasant 

^tudent at Boston University , Helen Borden, has 
submitted to us her theme called "Th ide Inn Kitchen". This 

Lgnment for itich Miss Borden received an A . She approached 
the subject from a quite different viewpoint not, as is usual, telling 
of the various articles seen in the kitchen or g into e very- 
detail of the kitchen equipment, but instead she took the room as le 
and by a careful selection of important factors created for the reader 
the charm and atmosphere of the room. For instance: 

" In every crevice, on every colonial utensil and fixture 
there was a stamp of history that had been made by the 
visits of great men to the old Inn". 

And again: 

" The original pine beams of the low ceiling clung to 
' h were ol tattered from daily use 
in the past." 

s Borden who -..rote the composition is a resident of South Sudbury. 

Thursday, " rch 14., 1940 Pleasant 

-ropos of t has been written about Longfellow th' k, 
lendid sermon on Longfellow written shortly aft death in 
1882 by a minister in Lexington, Mass, has been found. Some parts of 
it tell us why Longfellow is such a gre b, „ he is beloved 
all over the world - and we a.igh x b the words of the minister tell 

Lth all our strength, to honor Longfellc preservj 
the Y/ayside Inn. The Wayside Inn is a great memorial to him who "• 
a man i : spi alt there was no guile - open, , lovi; 3 pure. 
No word that he wrote could wound the most sensitive nature - - - He is 
.., \v 3 ted su a»s co 4 - ' 

Lth equal o£light. lonely country ' . Joys "heir 

. , aid in their walks upon the hil] 1 in th j ' 

e. It opens their eyes to the glory around and above I juches 
their hearts . feeling of sometl. jod behind all that they 

see in Nature and 11 th y enjoy in life - - - He In :>f 

the oeple. He is the poet of theiyhome life, their humble toil, their 
noble heroism, their tender affectioa , Lng , jrra a, j 

He is r 3 nd recited with delight by their children - - - . 
made so large ' ze for If in tfcu bs of + 

gs and n ] . d great . I 1 little 

- - - - 

Frid y, M 15, 1940 ^in 

-u do not lik ,eond handed 3 tt" saiu. 
ace - "but I do want to tell you what Mr. Norton said about the 
3ide Inn the other evening." We might 
business Lenc [onitor formerly 

bhe Bos. . : '. Mr. Nc ton told - . France of i interest 

nd that he th ever;, Wa: bifullj snej 

.-ice of th tesses in tel. ' y ol the waj 

in which le p] 'e dinnei 

guests this evening, dinner th j 

ijourned to the Ball roc bhej -lied the class in old fashio 

rday , 16 , IS 

The deatl ich occured this week, brings to 

yside I in 1928. . 16 to b. .He 
their daughtei ; 1 days. 
remember a ride ith - . "^ id in our old stage coach. r. G 
' th lon^\, re a frock coat and carried a cane. He 

\ Figi; . .d to ;.. k better picture he donned the J 1'. Ilk 
old leather h ly have bee: 

enger in the est in the pioneer minnl ys - o: 

"eller from the. "middle border' - . . " ' book "A Son of the 
.le Border". T3 I: lil is fortunate in having 3 of 
Mr . Gar] ' oks all auto 

3er • •-- • .blish: : .. ailed "Come Spri: 
for its ^setting gland to ' "evolutionary days. T] .thor r 
old diaries, lette: , ' Lstorie , 3 lanacs and did much rese_ ork on 
at that time. Perhap LI gather' t rial for Lis book 
vistied the Inn sc. go. 

other Prater of the " „ ide Inn Retre 
Rev. Albert H 111 ] umbered by the I ' one of the 

;t cordi i] - 3f the Retreat, p ; , 

for a laugh. His qui lithe figur>- Lai pel 3 Lll 

be gre. ulj missed. 


Sunday, March 17, 1940 Pleasant 

Overnight guests are Mr. and Mrs. Jenks from Montclair, 
Jersey with their son Kimball. All have been here before. This 
time Mr. and Mrs. Jenks have just returned from a trip to Mexico. 
"There we wanted to crawl into our shells" said Mrs. Jenks, "every- 
thing was so dirty, the people, the homes, the hotels. Its a joy to 
come here ".here we find clean sheets and white table cloths. It is 
truly coming back to America to come to the . ide Inn!" Kimball 
Jenks is studying at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 
tall, modest lad, he cares little for modern entertainment. He listened 
to his mother this evening as she sat in the Parlor reading Longfellow. 
And he sppke in an impatient tone when he . "'.Thy do they make us 
read S-.vinburne and Amy Lowell and Gertrude Stein in our school when 
there is Longfellow!" 

. y, rch 18, 194-0 Cold 

Correspondence from Mrs. Alan Maclntire of Waban, Massachusetts 
asks us for information about General Lafayette, who was with him when he 
stopped here, how long did he stay? 

letter from Victor Sawabini of Brookline, Massachusetts 
tells of his interest in old fashioned dancing and the music for it. 

Tuesday, Macch 19, 1940 Very cold 

The professors were here this evening for dinner and their 
monthly discussion. In charge, £s usual, was Professor Erwin Schell. 
For the past two months the professors have given up their meetings here 
on account of previous engagements or bad weather. It like a home 
coming tonight to greet t In. Professor Hauser drew on his large 
ply of anecdotes and funny stories to keep the group laughing. Dr. 
", nother regular member, was celled ; .tend a patient. He 
went cheerfully without dinner or the enjoyment of the good fellowship. 
The talk after dinner in the old kitchen v. about the European war. 
Large maps of present day Europe were hung on the dark pine walls of our 
ancient kitchen. 

Inesday, ^'irch 20, 1940 Pleasant 

John Roulstone is ill go down in Ylayside Inn 

history for years to come. He whs the author of the first three stanzas 
of the poem ; Little Lamb". A cousin of John, the last of 
the Roulstone name is to be buried tomorrow in the historic Granary 
Burying GroSnd on Tremont Street in Boston. A member of an old Boston 
family, Miss Georgiana Frances Roulstone lived at 36 Gainsborough Street. 
morrow the Roulstone tomb will be opened for the first time sihce 

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Thursday, March 2ID - continued 

1901. The last burial in the Granary cemetery three years 
ago when the tomb of Sdumund Quincy received the ashes of one of his 
descendants. Only descendants of original deed holders may be interred 
in £his eemetery. Among famous people buried there are Peter Fameuil, 
Mother Goose, and the parents of Benjamin Franklin. 

Thursday, March 21, 194-0 Pleasant 

Hawthorne ' s "House of Seven Gables" had its premiere showing as 
a movie in its home setting of Salem, Mass. last evening. Today the 
person responsible for the preservation of the old Ingersoll house was 
here for luncheon. She is Miss Caroline 0. Emmerton, an elderly lady who, 
Lth her mother, had t^e vision years ago to buy and reiore the old house. 
The 25 cent admissiorC*ckargeA for* visitors is now used for charity. Last 

3 hmmerto.*- *st of honor at Lch preceded the 

opening of the movie and hsr picture appeared in the morning newspapers . 
She comes to the Inn several times a ye-.r. 

Friday, March 22, 194-0 Snow 

Hot many evidences of Spring can be seen as yet. We mentioned 
Baby lambs and pussy willows and snow drops. Today we can add one more 
Spring-sign to the list - the Grey Line Bus. It came today bringing 
six passengers from •.-various p^rts of the United States to see the Inn 
and have luncheon. 

Tonight at dinner time there was a holiday tinge in the atmos- 
phere as several family groups came for dinner. One group was particularly 

cresting. It was headed by and ':.': s. A M. Bogg, he a missionary 
to India since 1908. The be . nounced when they first came that they 
ted to he, 3 see everything - and they did. They lingered so long 
in the Parlor that the hostess finally ran out of Longfellow information 
to give. Still the Boggs stayed as if hir "or more. They were 
clinging to the ties that bind them to their native land. In September 
1 the Boggs return to India they will take ."lth them the memory of a 
New England Parlor where the face of a Sombre clock once looked do 
>n a groupof men se round the fireplace. 

Saturdry, ' rch 23, 194-0 Very cold 

. T -^ence ^ame of the Boston Herald staff returned this week 
. Yucatan and came to the Inn the very next day. He is >ne of our 
most appreciative guests. In his recent book "Ner; England Comes Back" 
he gives a few lines to the food served here. 


Sunday, March 24, 194.0 Pleasant, cold 


This Easter is not regular. Snow and ice cover the brown 
earth, nature is in its Winter coat. Not until we opened the great 
double cross door of the Inn this morning did we really feel Easter. 
Here, there and everywhere the fragrance of Easter lilies filled the 
air. At the far end of the hall we saw a bank of pure white blossoms 
and deep purple iris. Turning the corner to the dining room the glad- 
ness and joy of Easter burst forth from every yellow jonquil. Digni- 
fied lilies graced the Parlor. The little old dining room with its 
grey pewter was a place where one could worship. The east window < 
filled with lilies like a beautiful curtain through whici came the 
morning sun. It shed a soft light on the pine table and dark walls. 
Outside the Easter morning was cold. Here in this tiny room of an old 
Inn was warmth and Spring, the assurance of a new life! 

Monday, March 25, 1940 Cold 

Yesterday we vsrere honored with a visit from Mrs. Amy Thorpe 
Knowles, daughter of Allegra Longfellow ~nd grandaughter of the 
poet. Her mother, Allegra, is known to the V.'orld as "Laughing Allegra" 
in the Childrens Hour. Annie, as she is known to the Longfellow family 
last visited the Inn, April 19, 1928. She died shortly after. 

Tuesday, March 26, 194-0 Cold 

A recent guest was Mrs. Lynch and son Walter who used to 
attend the Mari ab school. They lived in Sudbury for about ten years. 
Mr. Lynch ran a garage and made a set of fire utensils out of old Ford 
parts which he presented to Mr. Ford. A fine letter of appreciation 
received in return. The Lynch family now live in Dorchester, Mars. 
moving there 9 or 10 years ago. 

:nesday, w arch 27, 1940 Cloudy 

The poem of Mary Had a Little Lamb is loved the world over. 
H rdly a day goes by that someone does not speak of it with tenderness 
and affection. A guest told us about her small son who had learned the 
poem at an early age. One evening at dinner the boy asked what kind of 
meat he was eating. When the reply came "lamb" - the child asked: "But 
where is the flee?" "What flee?" his mother wanted to know. "Why" the 
boy said, in the poem it says: 

"Mary had a little lamb 
Its flee is white as snow! " 

The same small boy asked his mother in is question - still 
on the problem of food: "Vfhat is hash when its alive?" 


Thursday, March 23, 19A0 Pleasant 

The chapel is growing rapidly into a fine church building and 
each day v;e watch with interest its new developments. Mr. Sennott tolc 
us today that the first east gutter, made of copper, has been put in place, 
Also ten squares of slate have been put on the roof. 

The children i: j ide Schools are having special dancing 
classes today. Mr. and Mrs. Lovett are here to watch them perform, to 
instruct and to help in guiding the old fashioned steps. Tonight 
happened in on the class just as Mr. Lovett ■ ' L f therly talk to 
the young people. He said in part: "Be fair tc yourself. V.hen in 
trouble go to your instructor, to your headmaster or to Mr. Sennott and 
tell him all. Do not lie or try to hide your trouble. Tell the truth. 
Be honest." 

Seven students of Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic 
Institute, Troy, N. Y. visited the Inn today. 

Friday, M rch 29, 194-0 Pleasant 

Strains of waltz music came fro:: the large Ball room at an 
rly hour today. Mr. and Mrs. Lovett and our M r , Haynes -ere holding 
forth with a dancing class, children from the Southwest school. A Bus 
drove up to the front door and we were suddenly confrontdc with 27 good 
looking young men - a choir from the Bethel Institute of St. Paul, Minn. 
They heard the music. We explained the dancing class. They wanted to 
see it. So the long line of boys climbed the stairs to the Ball room 
and -er invited by Mr. Lovett to sit down and watch. They did and looked 
on reat interest. Then Mr. Lovett asked theboys to sing. The 
children listene 3 college choir sang in perfect unison and to 
the very end ke right pitch. It was one of those memorable occasions 

d on the spur of the moment which will remair. 1 it spot in 
the lives of all present. 

rrday, Marc}. 30, 194-0 Pleasant 

Easter vacations are bringing many students to the Inn. An 
interesting teacher, %ude Sexton, came thj }k from Rochester, N. Y. 
She is an exchange teacher, her home school being in the state of 

vhington. She presented a letter of identification written by 
Clarence D. Martin, Governor of Washington. Another interesting fact is 
Lss Sexton is of a family of four sets of twins. 

A Quaker boy from H-verford College, Pennsylvania spent con- 
siderable time here today. 


Sunday, March 31, 194.0 Pleasant 

Miniature vases, bottles and decanters were displayed an the 
shelf of the Bar today as Mr. Francis D. Whittemore Jr. told us of 
his work which is glass making. He is a real artist, yet only a senior 
in High School. Two or three years ago young Francis wanted to put a 
toy boat into a bottle. He searched every where for the right size bottle. 
Not finding one he decided to blow a bottle to his own liking. He took 
so naturally to the work that everyone proclaims him a genius. He has 
made innumerable miniature pieces and so beautiful in color and design 
that tke, Boston Society of Arts and Crafts has honored him with membership. 
Francis' mother told us today that she thought his glass blowing was a 
•'gift of God". The Whittenores live in Brookline, Massachusetts. 

Monday, April 1, 194-0 Pleasant 

Upsala College of the Lutheran denomination in East Orange, Ne 
Jersey is sending its choir of 42 singers and 4- faculty members on a 
Spring tour. Their itinerary calls ia£r a concert in Worcester this evening, 
ing from Boston this afternoon the group stopped to see the Wayside Inn. 

Tuesday, April 2, 194-0 Pleasant 

Born on the Kennebec River at Kingfield, Maine, our guest this 
evening is the finest trick shot in the country. That is, he can handle 
a rifle in all kinds of trick ways, ^e can hold a rifle with one foot 
and pull the trigger with the toes of the other foot. He practised this 
four hours a day forfeeven nanths to make it an exhitition trick. Mr. 
Spencer, Lilla Pete Spencer, is on his way home from a Sportsman show in 
Syracuse, New York. Most of the year he lives in the extreme wilds of 
Maine . . Oldtown being the nearest community. He has one main camp and 
two small camps on his trap line which covers 57 miles. Mr. Spencer 
walks over his line once each week - the 57 miles taking him 3 days. We 
were impressed with the rough, hardy appearance of Mr. Spencer in his 
checked woolen jacket, but more impressed with his way of living and the 
way in which he told us about it. 

Wednesday, April 3, 194-0 Pleasant 

Distinguished visitors today "ere Cannon Abbott-Smith of 
Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal and Reverend James Bancroft of St. P •,uls 
Cathedral, Boston. 


Thursday, April A, 194-0 Rain 

Tea and sandwiches and the friendliness of an old Inn met the 
approval of twenty- eight ladies of the National Association of Wool 
Manufacturers who came to the Inn by bus on this dismal April day. 
frequent showers and cloudiness made this an unpleasant day for convention 
delega 4 es, but the ladies found here the good food and good cheer they had 
anticipated. Many of them asked about rooms and ho:"e to come for a 
longer visit sometime in the future. 

Tonight the dining room was filled with 50 men and women from the 
Savings Bank Insurance Council, 30 Federal Street, Boston. Later they held 
a meeting in the small ball room. 

We learned today of a preparatory school for Coast Guardsmen 
called the Admiral Billard Academy at New London ,Conn. It prepares men 
for the rigid training of the U. S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. Our guest, 
a young man in his early twenties, teaches American Literature at New 
London and waa particularyly interested in Longfellow. 

Friday, April 5, 194-0 Pleasant 

A very nice lady from Orleans, ^ass. , Mrs. C rmen, spoke to us 
today about some primrose plants which originally came from the Inn garden. 
They were transported by Mr. Lemon's brother to Mr. Vernon, New York and • 
there given to Mrs. Carmen's mother. Mrs. Carmen took them to Orleans on 
Cape Cod and has offered to send us a plant for the garden. She said, "they 
ild really come back to their old home". 

had a full house this evening, several overnight guests, 
many dinner guests and about twenty eight girl scouts from Auburndale, 
Mass. to watch the dancing class. Among the overnight guests are our old 
friends Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. King of New Caanan, Conn, here for a few 
days rest. Mr. King has been working night and day on a new chemical 
which will develop negatives ithout the necessity of a dark room. After 
taking a film of pictures the negatives can be developed immediately, 
anywhere. Eventually the discovery will mean that cameras can be 
equipped to develop the picture as soon as it is taken. 

Saturday, April 6, 194-0 Lnd 

A not too hale and hearty boy scout visited the Inn this morning. 
He was Don Findler the New York boy who was lost for 9 days last Summer 
on Mr. Katahdin in Maine. He was a sensitive looking child and the scout 
master hurried him through the Inn. \1e didn't have a chance to ask him about 
his experience and have forgotten the details of it. At the time, the whole 
country was aroused l>y the newspaper accounts of the anxious parents and 
the day and night searching parties. 


Stir." 2 pril 7, 19 Pleasant 

entertained at dinner to 3 liss Liibold, iter of 
Mr. E. G.Leibold of Dearborn, Miss Lei-bold is attending the Katherine 
GibbSs Secretarial School in Boston. She br„ Lth her a friend 
and sc' ] se hone is in Nj _ , York. 

Monday, April 3, 194-0 Pl€ 

A gues- 1 J rted us on p quest. Not th ' -,end to 
go into stamp collecting for a hobby, but we are: interes'fcAin the 
American Poet series of stamps. gu h ..^ened to have a Longfellc 

Ln her pocket book. in f t seen it befor :e very much 
the famil' Lt of Longfellc his flc ing bite beard on t] 
soft green b .aid. It is a one cent stamp. Other ne 'eh 

our guest display: i 3 the Ralph Waldo Emerson si p, j orple color 
'.cture of Emerson as an old man. Miss deMille h- pi: d us 
Lth another in the poet series, the James Russell Lowell three cent 
stamp. Three e "ucators series have been added to our 

collection. They are J mes Fenimore Coope:. , 

Tuesd'.„ , April 9, 194-0 C^oudj 

The he ta] lth 

s on hi ' cture + Tub. 

He stayed fo_ r. The conversation turned to the Euro] . Our 

ild be unab] to hear Lowell 

Thomas in r dio summary of the days news. The hostess foun iio, 
hed it '. inconspicuous corner and ou _ quarter 
ir befc cloci. ' _ .' s 

1 adi e s , s ome no 1 _, 
nted dinner. The} Llle, 


LI 10 . 1QZ.0 

Lft & Co., b j ■ , t i> 1 .-chej 

Lie. "' >mpany entei 
at the " yside Inn. Toni 26 men f] 

cattle ' 1 ,een to New England. 

part which appeal ' u ide 

Inn cc" . r ons. We told t our ix ; .ke of - 

have the j 

r t ] y old , 


Thursday, April 11, 194-0 Pleas int 

For several years the trustees and incorporators of the 
Hudson Savings Bank have been coriinb, to the Inn for dinner after teir 
annual meeting. Today was the day, this year. They came 4-3 in number 
and sat down to a steak dinner at 6 o'clock. After dinner, Frank G. 
Bennett, publisher of the U. S. Investor and A. George Gilman, head of 
the Savings Bank division of the American Bankers Association were 
speakers. Motion pictures of Hawaii and Mexico were shown by George E. 
Higgins. A bouquet of roses was presented Colonel A. "'. Mossman who 
has been a corporator of the bank of 44 ye 

Friday, April 12, 19-40 Rain 

. Lovett's visit has stimulated interest in old fashioned 
dancing. Two or three people have been here saying that the.; talked ith 
Mr. Lovett in Boston. Tonight a young man came to see our dancing 
class and to watch Mr. Haynes conduct it. This person is an officer in the 
Youth Hostel Movement which is planning a rally for sometime in May. Part 
of the program will be devoted to old fashioned dancing. 

Saturday, April 13, 194-0 Cold 

Everybody is discouraged about the weather. Will Spring ever 
come? A flock of robbins chirpped the answer this morning. Not just 
one rohbin but a whole flock of the; j .red to give us some hope t. 
Spring is around the corner. The lilacs, too, have braved the cold and 
are showing some small green buds. 

^ . Austill came this afternoon with sixty-seven school 
children from Clinton, Mass. 


Sunday, April 14, 194.0 



P 3 B @ 


Jean Fogg is ten and drew this picture of the Mill. She lives at 
17 Greenough Circle, Brookline. *his afternoon she came by atto to see the 
Inn. The car was parked on the road in front of the Mill. Jean made the 
drawing while sitting in the car. 

Mr. Don F. Mason of New York was a dinner guest this noon. He 
remembers singing in the Episcopal Church choir in Detroit. More recently 
he has been in Dearborn on business and knows many executives of the Ford 
Motor Co. 


Monday, April 15, 1940 Pleasant 

The Blake family of Springfield, Mass. should go down in History 
as one of the most loyal of *'ord families. The family own three Ford 
automobiles. They visit every Ford plant. They talk Ford automobiles to 
their friends. Within the past two weeks every member of the Blake family 
has visited the Inn. First came Father Balke who brought a friend from 
California to stay over night. Ihen came two sons, tall good looking boys 
Y/ho are running a successful ice cream business . They each own a Mercury 
car. Today we were happy to see Mother Blake who brought her Mother and 
Father. Grandfather Stewart is 95 years old and smart as a whip. He is 
mightly proud of his grandsons. We have rarely, if ever, met such a 
friendly Ford family. The boys call their product, Friendly Ice Cream. 

Mr:. T. E. Hayward, custodian of the Pardee-Morris House, owned by 
the New Haven Historical Society, was an overnight guest, tonight. 

An old kitchen dinner was cooked and served this evening to 
14 guests in Mr. Williams party from Holliston, Mass. 

Tuesday, April 16, 194-0 Pleasant 

A distinguished morning visitor turned out to be Gilles Guilbert, 
French pianist who yesterday gave a concert at the Gardner Museum in Boston. 

The best four out of 100,000 boy orators were here this afternoon. 
Last night in an oratoric-0. contest, they competed for the $4>000 scholarship 
offered by Eddie Cantor. Previously they contested with other High School 
students from all parts of the United States. The four were Joe Minihan of 
Casper, Y/yoming, Hugh L. Overbey, Jr. Jacksonville, Fla. Thomas E. Haggery, 
Rosedale, Long Island, and Clarence G. Carlson, Pontiac, Michigan. 
Mr. Haggery won the prize. 

Miss McCrura, librarian at Wellesley College entertained a party 
of 14 at noon time with luncheon served in the Old Kitchen. Several distin- 
guished educators were in the group. 

Professor Shell's April meeting and dinner at the Wayside Inn was 
held this evening with 11 men in attendance. 

Wednesday, April 27, 1940 Cloudy 

Supreme Court Justice, Judge VJalsh of Rhode Island was a dinner 
guest this evening. 

Old Kitchen dinners were served tonight to 15 guests in 

Mrs. Alton's party. 


Thursday, April 18, 1940 Rain 

The flock of robbins seen the other day, were no harbingers of 
Spring. We have not had a day of Spring weather since. We have had rain 
and more rain and the air is cold. Today was no exception. The hostesses 
prepared themselves for tomorrow, April 19th. The day links up with 
Wayside Inn history. Colonel Ezekiel Howe's march to Concord inspired 
Longfellow to make Paul Revere' s Ride the Landlord's story in the Tales of 
a Wayside Inn. In our files we have a copy of Paul's own acco nt of his ride, 
This we read over today with much interest and pleasure. When Paul was inter- 
cepted on his ride to Concord by British soldiers , the one in command asked 
him where he came from. Paul records: "I told him. He asked what time I 
left. I told him, he seemed surprised, said Sir, may I crave your name: 
I answered my name is Revere, what said he Paul Revere; I answered yes; the 
others abused (me) much, but he told me not to be afraid, no one should hurt 
me. I told him they would miss their aim. He said they should not, they 
were only awaiting for some Deserters they expected down the Road. 
I told him I knew better. I knew what they were after, that I had alarmed 
the country all the way up." 

We received word today that the book "Characters in the Tales 
of a Wayside Inn" has been transcribed nto Braille for the use of the 


Friday, April 19, 1940 Pheasant 

Fortunately today was bright and sunny and warmer. Many guests came 
to the Inn - old and young, rich and poor - many who work in offices and 
stores having a holiday. Miss Hary Chamberlain of Welle sley told us about 
an old hoe, used in Vermont around 1001, vfhich she wishes to give to Mr. Ford. 
Sixteen middle-aged ladies held a luncheon in honor of two in their party who 
were having a birthday. They were from Brocton, Mass. and stayed all the after- 
noon. v irst they joined a hostess to hear the story of the house, then walked 
to the Mill and School. In the evening the boys came for their dancing 
lessoh. They honored with loud applause, one of their school mates, William 
Cash, for coming in 5th in the marathon race at Canton, Mass. 

Saturday, April 20, 1940 Rain 

Another dismal dark, day. Not dreary enough, however, to prevent 
people from as far south as Baltimore, Maryland or from as far west as Cheyenne, 
7/yoming from coming to see the Wayside Inn. Several of our regular guests came 
too. Mr. Bor eland with his attendant and Mr. and Mrs. Crockett were here for 
luncheon. The Bowkers came for dinner as usual. 


Sunday, April 21, 194-0 


"It stands as a jewel of tradition in an old fashioned garden 
setting" thus reads Mr. Robbins description of the Inn on the reverse 
side of the card below. Mr. Frederick Robbins, the artist, is advertizing 
his etchings of the Inn in this way. The card is a picture of his etching 
which he sells for $3.00/ The artist lives in Westboro, Mass. and dropped 
in to see us with his artist friend Mr. H. Bernard Robinson from Hull, 
England. Both have been here before. Mr. Robinson came last Summer and 
will return home soon. "Dollars are running short", he said. "How that 
I an learning to speak of money in American terms, I have to leave." 
Mr. Robinson is well known in England and will publish a book on his return 
called "America as I saw it". Included in the book will be pictures of 
our Inn and Mill. 

Monday, April 22, 194-0 


Thirty young ladies from a select boarding school called "House 
in the Pines" at Norton, Mass. visited the Inn today. Miss deMille reports 
a fine group of girls and all interested in the Wayside Inn. 


Tuesday, April 23, 194-0 Pleasant 

It was interesting tonight for a New Englander to hear of a town 
in the west which is only 30 yesxs old. An attractive college girl came 
for dinner with a young minister. They stayed a long time, the minister 
telling us that his friend was experiencing her first visit to Hew England. 
He thought this the most typical early New England place to bring her. 
She gleaned a great deal from the Inn and contributed the information that 
her home town in Montana is only 30 years old. Montana did not become a 
state until 1839. This all seems very young and new to a Wayside Inner. 

Our good friend, Mrs. Austill brought 3 groups of school children 
to see the Inn today. 

Wednesday, April 24, 194-0 Cloudy 

The dining room was a busy place this evening as many guests 
came in for dinner. Among them was a Mr. Withington who told us that he 
last came here 4-0 years ago on a bicycle. Other guests ylere 14- young ladies 
headed by Miss Bouche. They enjoyed dinner and a trip through the house. 

Thursday, April 25, 194-0 Pleasant, windy 

Imagine our surprise when listening to the Radio this evening to 

hear Jin McWilliams in his "Ask it, basket" program ask the following 


What character in the Tales of a Wayside 
Inn told the story of Paul Revere' s Ride*" 
Was it the landlord, the Poet, or the 
The person, a man, who was riven the question did not hesitate a 

minute. He answered: "The Landlord". . and with applause Mr. McWilliams 

said in his imitable way: "That is correct" I 

Friday, April 26, 1940 Pleasant 

If you want to have a part;- for your deVutante daughter call 
Mrs. Chilton at the Hotel Somerset in Boston and whe will plan it for you. 
She will engage the flowers ^nd food, send out invitations, arrange an 
orchestra etc. Mrs. Chilton came to the Inn tonight for dinner with 
Mr. Haynes our dancing teacher. Afterwards they went to the Ball room ?/here 
Mr. Haynes conducted his dancing class -ind Mrs. Chilton watched. Sometime 
she is planning to have Mr. Haynes entertain at a party by introducing the 
old fashioned dances. 

Early this evening Commander and Mrs. Morse from the U. S. Naval 
Station at New London, Conn, came to stay overnight. They presented us 
with a large bunch of pink, yellow and white snap dragons with very long 
stems. We put them in old pottery jars in the Ball room and Bar Doom. 


Saturday, April 27, 1940 Pleasant 

The Middlesex County Extension Service honored one of their 
number, Mr. Erickson, who is just completing 20 years service by giving a 
dinner for him at the Inn this evening. Sixty-three fellow workers joined 
in paying tribute to a popular member of their grou>;. 

'■J-his is the second year the instructors end professors from 
Wellesley College who do English Folk dancing have come to the Inn for an 
afternoon of dancing and tea. They came this afternoon, 18 in all , 
wearing light Summer dresses. After putting on flat soled shoes they 
gathered in the large Ball room where they executed the dances gracefully 
and strenuously. &y six o'clock they were ready for a heartyftea of 
creamed chicken on waffles. 

wayside inn diary 

Sunday, April 28, 1940 Pleasant 

In the crowd of todays visitors and dinner guests we had the 
pleasure of meeting Miss BJaiy Nell Porter, "the maid of Cotton for 
194-0" - now making a 15, 000 mile tour of the principal cities of the 
country in the interest of the cotton industry. Miss Porter is complete- 
ly out fitted in cotton and it is her mission to prove that cotton is 
not only smart but practical. 

Mr. and Mr?. Clarkson A- Collins, Jr. of Providence, R. I. spent 
their 30th redding anniversary here, arriving yesterday afternoon. This 
morning Mr. Clarkson became very interested in our new book "The Characters 
in Tales of a Wayside Inn" and bought tv/o copies , one of which he will 
present to the Reverend Augustus P. Lord of Providence, R. I. a friend and 
pupil of Longfellow. Mr. Lord often took tea with the poet at Craigie House 
and has given talks on Longfellow. Our guest knew he would be particularly 
interested in Dr. van Schaick's book. 

Monday, April 29, 194-0 Very pleasant 

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The guest this evening was Mr. Gardner. Not that he was our only 
guest, b£ undoubtedly the only guest who could not seem to understand the 
Inn. Mr. Gardner said he was not in favor of preserving an old house. He 
believes in looking ahead; never looking backward. "Whats the use", said 
he, " of keeping old things and talking about something that has been and 
gone". The hostess answered thus; "3y seeing the evolution of present 
day things, their beginnings, we have a better appreciation and understand- 
ing of them." The conversation continued in this vein until the story of 
the Parlor and Longfellow was told. Mr. Gardner looked more serious. He 
even showed enthusiasm. Then he was back to his same line of thought. 
"Why do old things matter"? We noticed that Mr. Gardner stayed a long 
time and when taking leave told us that we would see him again soon. 

Tuesday, April 30, 1940 Very pleasant 

A Red Wing and White Wing camp in New Hampshire which is open 
in the Summer to boys and girls from the city, keeps in touch with its 
clients all Winter. The camp counsellors contact the children and 
conduct an educational program on Saturdays when not in camp. This 
7/inter the Red Wings and White Wings, boys and girls respectively, have 
visited the Ford plant in Somerville and today came to see the 
Wayside Inn. 

Dinner was served in the Old Kitchen this evening to a party of 
seven men holding a business-social meeting. 



Wednesday, May 1, 1940 Pleas-nt - warm 

"I wish to banish from my letters the word ■War 1 . I wish to 
see the young people of this world at peace ", so wrote Washington to 
Lafayette at the conclusion of the Revolutionary War. Today we picked up 
Lawrence Dame's book on New England. He tells of TJashington's soldiers 
who used arms made of iron which was mined in the Berkshire Hills of 
Massachusetts. Mr. Dame is our friend of Rozy, the bicycle. This evening 
we met Irma Whitney, Art iditor of the Boston Herald who knows Larry Dame 
and helped him with his book. Miss Whitney was a dinner guest. 

Thursday, May 2, 1940 Cloudy, rain 

A guest who came in Mr. Lemon's time was here too ay, a Mr. Porter. 
He told us -hat his grandfather earned his first dollar by taking Daniel 
Webster on a fishing trip. They lived in the ssjne town, Franklin, New Hamp- 

A party of office workers, all young women, dined here this evening 
and afterwards held an informal get-together in the small ball room. They 
honored one of their group who is leaving soon for an extended trip. The 
person in charge was Miss J. M. Tontasse. 

For the past ten years, Mrs. Bessie Smith with her son and 
daughter-in-law has stopped here enroute from Washington, D. C. to Maine. 
In the Fall they reverse the order and stay overnight on their way to 
Washington. We were glad to see them this evening on their annual visit. 

Friday, May 3, 1940 Pleasant 

Formal evening clothes were worn this evening by 16 young people who 
dined here before going on to the Junior Prom at the Framinghara Teachers 

At luncheon time a party of 23 women from Blackstone, Mass. came to 
the Inn for a hearty meal and an afternoon of card playing. 

Future Boston debutantes made up the droup of 31 from the Beaver 
Country Day School *ho visited the Inn this afternoon. They were a delightful 
group to "take around" according to Miss Fielding their hostess. 

Saturday, May 4, 1940 Pleasant 

Mr. G. Milton Fisher has started on his annual visits to the 
Inn bringing groups of ISorcester school children every Saturday morning. 
He always comes through May and part of June. And he comes very early in 
the morning. Th e children are fresh; its their first stop on a days sight- 
seeing trip and Miss deMille, who always takes them through the house,reports 
a very interesting time with them. Mr. Fisher is the man who calls attention 
to our sign with its prancing red horse as a sign of horse-pitalityt Its 
a perennial joke. Mr. Fisher tells it ever\ year, every week to his 
Saturday children. 


Sunday, May 5, 194-0 Cloudy 

The Catholic Daughters of America, Concord Court, Help of 
Christians, held their annual May Breakfast this morning. Spring 
blossoms were not evident as in former years, due to the late season, 
but the large dining room was decorated prettily and, as in other years, 
Miss deMille played the violin during the Breakfast accompanied by 
Miss Fisher. Miss Fisher also sang a few songs. Seventy-one were present. 

A dinner guest today was Mr. Daniel Boone of Cincinnati, Ohio, 
great, great grandson of the Kentucky pioneer. 

Monday, ^ay 6, 1940 P?a tly cloudy 

Week-end guests staying over until tommorrow sre Mr. and Mrs. 
Edwin Stillman from Westerly, Rhode Island. Mr. and Mrs. Stillmar have been 
here many times before and vc e hav? spoken of Mrs . Stillman as the interesting 
person who acts as Secretary to Miss Freda Hempel. This brings Mrs. Still- 
man in contact with many opera stars, writers and famous people from all 
over the vrorld. Mrs. Stillman is a writer herself and often interviews 
theatrical groups and stage stars. The Stillmans make themselves at home 
here and enjoyed talking with Mr. and Mrs. Bowker on Saturday evening. To- 
day they visited an antique shop in Sudbury and came back with an old 
pottery jug. 

Tuesday, u ay 7, 194-0 Pleasant 

Mrs. John F. Hill was here this noon with a parry of 12 for 

At four o'clock a grou\ of " r cmen, wives of Harvard College engin- 
eers, were tea guests. They were 14- in number. 

An anusing story was told to us this evening by a guest who is 
staying for the night. She said that her Swedish relatives osked for a cook 
book giving the receipe for American pan cakes. The book was sent to Sweden und the 
relative turned to the pan cake page. This is what it said:"First, tale a large 
spider"! The story was occasioned by our large frying pan with legs which, in 
New England, is called a spider. 

Wednesday, May 8, 194.0 Very pleasant 

A convention of men and their wives connected with Mutual Savings 
Banks, is being held in Boston. Today nearly two hundred of the delegates 
came to the Wayside Inn for tea. Tea was served in both the laree dining room 
and large Ball room. The guests came in busses, their time was limited and 
the trip through the house a hurried one. All were pleased and many expressed 
a desire to come again when they could stay longer. 



Thursday, May 9, 194.O Pleasant 

These days are a series of luncheons and dinners for large and 
small parties. Every day brings a request for menus and reservations 
are being made for may parties in advance. Today we entertained 15 
ladies of a neighborhood club from Winthrop, Mass. Nine luncheons were 
served to a grou, in charge of Mrs. Allen Davidson. The hostesses en- 
joyed Troop 2 of Girl ^couts from New ton who came to go through the house. 

Friday, M a y 10, 1940 Pleasant 

Last Monday evening a chan ing young woman came to the Inn with her 
daughter Kate, aged 9* Kate is a dear and more interested in old things 
and people of a by-gone day than any child we have ever met. Last winter 
Mrs. Hutchison, the mother, read Kate the story of "Ocean Born Mary". A 
trip was planned to see the house where Oceai. Born Kary lived in Henniker, 
New Hampshire. This week the trip materialized and on the way to Henniker 
a stop overnight was m ade at the Inn. Kate visited Lexington and Concord too 
and was charmed with the Alcott house. She loved the Inn and begged to come 
back on Friday to see our dancing classes. Also the Mary Lamb School. 
Tonight this interesting couple appeared. Kate jumped up and down in the 
Bar room. Then she sat for a long *£ime in front of the fire with her feet on 
the old foot stove. Mrs. Hutchison says that Kate imagines herself back in the 
old days, pretends that she is a child of a hundred years ago. The dancing 
class was much enjoyed and a visit to the school is planned for Saturday morning. 

Saturday, May 11, 1940 Pleasant 

A good many cameras were focused on the Inn today. Mr. Pearl, an old 
customer told us to look out the window. Standing across the road near the 
parking space were about fifteen young people, each with a camera, and all 
pointing in the direction of the Inn. This group spent a long "time here 
finding many interesting pictures around the Inn. 


Sunday, *ay 12, 194.0 Pleasant 

If we were to choose one Mother from all the Moih ers we saw 
at the Inn today, we would take the one *ho came late in the afternoon. 
It seemed as if she had just stepped out of a neat little house where the 
the dishes reix all washed and beds made and everything tidy. Perhaps 
she had worked all day in her little home until now - at four o'clock - 
she was ready to go out with her son, at his invitation, to dine some- 
where on Mothers Day. She was a woman of foreign extraction with big 
dark eyes and a large heavy figure. But in those eyes there ?/as joy and 
sadness. Behind them, a loving heart. The son held her by the arm and 
there was a broad smile on his face from the time he came in until he 
went out two hours later. This couple, Mother and son, found here the 
friendliness and charm they sought, also good food - a rest and change 
for Mother. 

Miss McCrum, Vi'ellesley College librarian entertained a party of 9 for 
breakfast here this morning. The party spent most of the time out-of- 
doors, walking to the Mill and Garden. 

A bridal couple were here as overnight guests - Mr. and Mrs. 
DuBois Morris, Jr. of New York. 

Monday, May 13, 1940 Pleasant 

The small Ball room was filled with women this morning as 4.8 
Girl Scout Advisors convened for a meeting. At noon time luncheon was 
served in the small Dining room. 

The large dinding room was the scene of a luncheon arranged by the 
Pilfrim Club. This Club is comprised of Congregational Ministers. Today 
they came with their wives and were entertained "dj Dr. John van Schaick, 
guest speaker, who told them of his experiences in writing "The Characters 
in Tales of a Wayside Inn." 


Tuesday, ^ay 14, 19-40 


All at Wayside Inn have made some contribution towards the 
building of the new Chapel. Here is Ralph J. Sennott Jr. doing his 


Wednesday, May 15, 1940 Pleasant 

Three boys from an English Merchant Marine boat by the names 
of Roland Anderson, Elven Pritchard and Dean ?ifallis registered here 
today. They landed in Boston from East Africa - all about 16 years old. 
But with appetites of grown men. They wanted "seconds" on apple pie and 
ice cream. 

Thursday, May 16, 19-40 Partly cloudy 

Luncheons were served to sixty-one women of the Womens 
Organization, Boston Association of Retail Druggists in the large dining 
room at noon time. Card playing was enjoyed in the large Ball room during 
the afternoon. 

Friday, May 17,1940 Partly cloudy 

Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Jones of Newton brought their grandaughter 
here this evening to celebrate her 9th birthday. TLe partyconsisted 
of Grandmother and Grandfather, mother and father and small brother. We 
hurried around when we heard the news and filled a little basket with 
candy, tied it with yellow ribbon and placed it in front of the guest of 
honor. There being no birthday cake, the basket helped give the occasion 
the air of a birthday party. 

Saturday, May 18, 1940 Pleasant 

This proved to be one of the busiest days of the Spring season 
particularly this evening when over a hundred dinnerrwere served to 
people who just "dropped in". During the dinner hour a large bus arrived 
bringing 42 children from schools in Auburn, Mass. Miss Tolman the 
teacher has brought her classes to see the Inn for the last four or five 
years. They make an annual pilgrimage to Boion and stop here on their way 


Sunday, May 19, 194.0 Very pleasant 

The U.S.S. Ni black, Navy Destroyer, was launched at Bath, 
Maine yesterday. It was sponsored by Mrs. Albert P. Niblack widow of 
the vice admiral for whom the vessel was named. Mrs. Niblack spent 
the night here last night and told us about her husband. He was at 
Manila in 1898. In 1914 he was in command of the battleship "Michigan". 
In 192-4 Admiral Niblack was appointed a member of the directing committee 
of the International Hydrographic Bureau at Monoco, France where he died 
in 1929* Mrs. Niblack reported a very interesting time at the launching. 
She was accompanied by a great nephew of the Admiral and a gentleman from 
Greenwich, Connecticut. The party came in a large c~r with chauffeur and 
v/ere siirrounded with American Beauty roses and souveniers of the trip. 

A Typical American Family visited the Inn today enroute to the 
New York World's Fair. They were Mr. and Mrs. Harold E. Armes with two 
boys Richard 9 years and Harold 13 years old from Bath, Maine. This 
family was chosen in a nation wide contest conduct ed in Maine by the 
Portland Press-Herald. Mr. Bradley who brought them to the Inn told us 
that Mr. Ford is paying all expenses of the family to and from Bath. 
They will be at the Fair one week. 

Monday, May 20, 194-0 Pleasant 

Groups today included Mrs. F. J. Fowler with 19 ladies for 
luncheon at 1 o'clock. Mrs. Eugene C. Vining heading the Literature 
Class of the Bil^erica Woman's Club with 22 ¥/omen enjoyed luncheon and 
a trip through the house. Another party was that of Mrs. L. G. Glazier 
from Brookline -vitn 6 children and 4 adults. This was a bfrthday party 
for one young lady just turning 9 years old. 

Tuesday, May 21, 1940 Cloudy 

Irving Wickes who took the part of Luke Waters in the 
screen production of "Drums Along the Mohawk" visited the Inn today 
and was particularly interested in the Mill. He plans to come again 
tomorrow to take pictures of it. ^e wants to show a personal moving 
picture to his friends accompanied by the music of the "Old Mill Stream". 

The last meeting of the season of Professor Schell's group 
was held this evening. We will miss this jovial, friendly gathering. 
Professor Schell's last words were re-assuring, however. "We'll see 
you again in the Fall", he said. 

The Educational Committee of the Yollaston Womens Club, 
18 in number, were luncheon guests today. 



Wednesday, May 22, 1940 Pleasant 

Mr. Dean, luncheon guest, told us that when living in 
Cambridge 50 years ago he used to walk up to Walden Pond in^ . 
Concord. When 10 years old he was walking along the stree'^one r <Jay, 
saw a lot of hacks in front of a house, went in, and hid under a table. 
Later he learned that he had attended Mr. Longfellow's funeral. 

The men and women in charge of Boys Clubs throughout the 
United States are having a convention in Boston and today visited the 
Inn - 53 in number. 

Thursday, May 23, 194-0 Rain 

This noon we had the pleasure of entertaining Miss Heard and 
Miss Legate from the Emerson House at Concord for luncheon. They came 
with the wife of Miss Legate's nephew, she bringing her father and 
mother - Mr. and Mrs. George H. Kinsey from Hollywood, California. There 
were five in the party and after lunch we enjoyed a chat with Miss Legate, 
She spoke appreciatively of Mr. Ford's visits to her in Concord and of 
his kindness in having her here as his guest. 

Friday, May 24-, 1940 Pleasant 

Yesterday we were presented with an old night cap. This was 
given by Mrs. William Howe of Marlboro who is a descendant of our Wayside 
Inn Howes. The relationship is in direct line on her mother's side. 
Mr. Howe, her husband, is also remotely related to our Howe family and 
his great grandmother worked here. She married the staje coach driver on 
the Boston - Keene, N. H. coach. The hand woven cap is very plain and 
simple with strings to tie under the chin. 

Between 20 and 30 Daughters of the American Colonists were 
luncheon guests this noon. They held a meeting in the old Ball room 
after luncheon. 

Saturday, May 25, 194-0 Cloudy 

St. Marks School in Southboro is holding its 75th Anniversary. 
We have with us Mr. Forsyth Wickes of Newport, R. I. and New York. He 
is here with a friend attending the St. Marks festivities. Mr. Wicker 
owns a large estate in Southern France and is concerned about its safety. 
It may be used for War refugees or as a hospital. Mr. Wickes maintains 
a staff of 14 people there all the year round. 

Two bridal couples are sojourning here on their wedding trip. 
"^r, and Mrs. Thomas Hall of New Haven, Connecticut and Mr. and Mrs. 
C. D. Schoomaker of Mahwak, New Jersey. 

A most appreciative group of guests w&ent through the house 
this evening. They were members of the Field Naturalists Club of 
Providence, R. I. Most of them were school teachers Jid professors. All 

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Saturday, May 25, 194-0 continued 

lovers of nature. They came to Sudbury to see a wild 
flower garden owned by a Mr. Curtis ivho keeps it open to the public. 
These Club members plan to come again to the Inn to study the 
many birds we have here. 


Sunday, M ay 26, 1940 Cloudy 

The minister from the church in Detroit where Mr. and Mrs. 
Ford -.vere married stopped here for dinner today. He brought his 
family and reistered under the name of J. G. Middlefield. He is 
pastor in St. Paul's Memorial Church, Detroit, We enjoyed this little 
family very much and they, too, seemed to find the Inn of great interest 
and enjoyment. 

Chaplain Wither spoon of the U.S.S. Wasp brought 30 Sailors 
to see the Inn this a ternoon. 

Monday, %y 27, 194-0 Pleasant 

We had a close contact with the War today when a Reserve 
officer of the Canadian forces came in and told us that he had just been 
called to active service. He had come <bo Boston for a sight-seeing 
vacation, when a telegram called him back - 3,000 miles. He was a fine 
looking chap, solid physique and kindly blue eyes. 

Tuesday, May 28, 194-0 Pleasant 

The porch was the scene this evening of a party of 10 
clergymen and their wives from Boston. Dana Greeley, youthful minister 
of the historic Arlington Street Church in Boston was in charge of 
the group. Dinner was served at one long table and after-dinner speeches 
were enjoyed. 

Wednesday, May 29, 1940 Pleasant 

The Wayside Inn staff has been so busy with June parties 
and the Diary reporter so concerned with jotting down the necessary 
information that two important items pertaining to the Wayside Inn 
family have almost been overlooked. One is the arrival of a son to 
the Headmaster of the Wayside Inn Schools and his wife - Mr. and Mrs. 
William Young. The new boy is to be called William Towne Young. The 
other news item is not quite so pleasant. It has to do with Miss 
Fielding our Hostess who has been quite ill. She is to be operated 
upon Friday morning. 

Thursday, May 30, 1940 MEMORIAL DAY Pleasant 

This holiday is always one of the biggest days of the 
year at the Innj big as far as numbers of guests are concerned. This 
was a beautiful day and the warm sunshine brought many people out of 
doors. People swarmed around the Mill and Schbol house and needless 
to say, hundreds came into the Inn, some to take dinner and others to 
hear about this historic shrine. It,too,has lost its loved ones. 
This is our day to honor the memory of the Howe family j;. those who built 
the Inn and made it their home -through five generations. 

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Thursday, %y 30, 194-0 continued 

A veteran of the Grand Array, Civil War, honored us with a 
visit today. He was George B. Howe, distantly related to our Howes 
and 95 years old. Mr. Hove is well and quite chipper. n e answered 
all questions clearly and ate a hearty dinner. He came to the Inn in 
1864 after the War was over. In 1905 Mr. Howe remembers coming from 
Wayland on a sleigh ride to the Inn. Oyster stew was served. We 
asked about the cane he carried and were told it was given to him 
for being the oldest resident of Wayland. His home is now in 
Cochituate, Mass. He was the guest of the Commander of the Sons of 
Veterans in that town. 

Friday, May 31, 1940 Rain 

Mr. Charles C. Hildebrand of Hollywood, California presented 
his card today and told us thr^t he was manager of the Ford company in 
Minneapolis, 1912-1922. Mr. Ford once had dinner at his house. He 
goes to Dearborn occasionally and plans to be there again soon. 

A small boy is our overnight guest - Master Sydney S. Whelan, Jr. 
Last evening Master Whelan went fishing with his father at the Calvin 
Howe pond and caught three fish. He is a smart youngster and converses 
with his mother in French. His home is New York City. 

Saturday, June 1, 194-0 Partly cloudy 

A Wedding Breakfast was served this morning to Mr. and Mrs. 
Normandin, married at 9 eL 1 clock in Marlboro. The wedding party was of 
the immediate family , small and quiet but lovely in its simplicity. 

At noon the Norwood, Mass. Literary Club assembled here for 
luncheon with 26 members present. 

In the evening several dinner parties, occasioned by graduation s 
and the closing of schools in this vicinity, took place. A young married 
woman from Texas came with her husband and father and mother to attend her 
reunion at Wellesley. A small group of Harvard men came to see the house. 


Sunday, June 2, 1940 Pleasant 

A party of 9 came for dinner today with Mrs. Kingsley 
Porter of Cambridge as hostess. Mrs. Porter lives in the James 
Russell Lowell house. She had among her guests Mr. Henry Wads- 
worth Longfellow Dana. 

Monday, June 3, 194.0 Pleasant 

The C. C. Club composed of ministers who serve boys at 
Harvard College brought their wives here for luncheon this noonn. 
The party numbered 25. 

Gray Line Bus daily luncheon grou.s have started for the 
Summer season. Today's number was seventeen. 

During the afternoon we entertained about 100 school children 
from the Cottage Street School in Pawtucket, R. I. We don't know how 
many years children from thi3 school have been coming to the Inn but 
it must be nearly 10 years. 

Tuesday, June 4* 1940 Very pleasant 

The hostesses have become so used to guests, their 
characteristics, their dress, their mannerisms and their speech that 
it is not difficult to put each guest into a certain category as he 
approaches. For instance we judge the man in shirt sleeves with 
brawny hands and arms to be a laboring man on f ^rm or road - the girl 
dressed in the latest fashion is usually a student in a nearby college 
or a bride making her new home in Boston. So it goes. Each day re 
entertain many different types of people - and all, each and every one, 
important to us. We want each and every person who comes into the Inn to 
feel its charm , to thrill when he hears the story of its noble history 
and to have a revereice for what the Inn means. To make every guest 
respond in this way, to see in him or her an awakening to the importance 
of these things, whether he be from town or city, rich or poor, is the 
ambition and pleasure of every hostess. 

This days diary was to be devoted to a Librarian from 
Indiana who visited the Inn today. But we have transgressed. We have 
space only to pay that when the Librarian came in the front door we said 
to ourselves: "Here is a Librarian who is going to be very much 
interested in this old Inn". Sue was. 


Wednesday diune 5, 194-0 Pleasant 

Dr. L. M. Packard and his wife from Los Angeles, California 
came on the Gray Line Bus today. Dr. Packard's mother, some years 
ago, met Mr. Ford here and told him: "This is the first time a 
Packard and Ford have come together without an accident." 

Thursday, June 6, 194-0 Very pleasant 

This morning 75 children fro* St. Patricks School, Lowell, 
Mass. came on a sight seeing trip. Their itinerary included a boat 
ride from Boston and a full day was planned. Consequently after a visit 
through the Inn they were served luncheon in our dining room at 11 o'clock, 

This afternooon non delegates to the American Institute of 
Banking came to the Inn for tea. Fortunately they had a good long time 
which made their visit more enjoyable. They were all women - 50 in 
number, from all parts of the United States. Judging from the number of 
books and post cards sold, they found the Inn a very interesting place. 
They wanted to tell their families and friends about it. 

This evening a very lovely party was held for a sweet girl 
graduate. It took place in the old kitchen and Ball room. The old 
kitchen was set with long table, white cloth end large boquet of v/hite 
flowers. Fifteen of the young lady's friends joined her at dinner. 
Later, fifteen fine looking boys came as escorts for dancing. Fine 
young people all - and happy and gay - full of confidence as they turned 
over another page of the book of life. The party was in honor of the 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hurley. 

Friday, June 7, 194-0 Pleasant 

The regular dancing class this evening was a treat to a number 
of our dinner guests who, after dinner, found the strains of music coming 
from the Ball room an attraction. Particularly enthusiastic about the 
dancing were a gentleman and his wife frorc California. They had visited 
every house of historical interest on "the Atlantic coast - Williamsburg, 
MonticelloK, Mr. Vernon, Concord and Lexington and last the Wayside 
Inn where the gentleman said he had heard an interesting, clear, concise 
history and had seen the dances he remembered and executed as a boy. 

Saturday, June 8, 1940 Pleasant 


The Fortnightly Club, composed of 28 ladies from Hudson, N. H. 
came to see the Inn last Tuesday. 

Our good friends Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. King of New Canaan, Conn, 
have been attending Mr. King's class reunion at the Massachusetts Institute 
of Technology. They made the Inn their headquarters. 

Guest: "My great, great grandmother who was a seamstress 
did all her sewing by the light of a Betty lamp." 



Sunday, June 9, 1940 Cloudy 

Post office clerks from this state, convening in Frarr.ingham, 
paid a visit to the Inn this morning. 

Mr. A. G. Dietz, guest today, discovered a ply wood plate in 
the old kitchen. Ply wood is very thin wood put at right angles and 
pressed together. Our plate is the oldest piece of ply wood Mr. Dietz 
has ever seen. He became very much interested in it, he being a teacher 
dft wood technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Business executives taking a special course at the Massachusetts 
Institute of Technology came for dinner tonight headed by Mr. W. T. Fiske. 
The men are studying under scholarships awarded by the Sloan Foundation. 
They are from all parts of the United States. Miss Fisher reports that 
56 were served in the large dining room and all enjoyed everything here. 

Monday, June 10, 1940 Rain 

Twelve very nice ladies spent the afternoon here following 
luncheon in the small dining room. They told us about their work as 
members of the First Needlework Guild of Boston. This little group 
sews for hospitals and uoor children. 

Tonight we listened to the President of the United States 
broadcasting from Charlottesville, Virginia. Today marks Italy's 
entrance into the 2nd World W„_ar, a war vhich is so horrible and un- 
civilized it makes all at Wayside Inn and everywhere, sad indeed. We 
yearn to help and have asked ourselves over and over again "What can we 
do?" Tonight the answer came. The President said: We must ... "preserve 
our heritage in days of peril". Preserving our heritage is the very 
thing ^-e aTe doing at the Wayside Inn. It is the way we are doing" our 
bit in this small corner of the World. The Inn is a glowing example of 
the American tradition. Here one sees what our forefathers did, how they 
did it, the sacrifices made to create what we have today. The fruits of 
their labor is our heritage. It is our duty to preserve it. The Wayside 
Inn is our challenge. How better can we help than to "carry on" here. . 
preserve and keep this wonderful place as a shrine for all good Americans. 

Tuesday, June 11, 194-C Pleasant 

The Headmaster of the Kendall School in Belmont, Mass. approached 
a hostess today and expressed his appreciation for being allowed to bring 
his students here. He has been coming to the Inn for several years 
bringing 6th grade children usually numbering between 50 and 100. Today 
there were 80 in the group. The Headmaster asked if we thought Mr. Ford 
would like to receive a letter from his school. "The children really like 
to write letters", he said. 

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Tuesday, June 11 - continued 

Six members of the graduating class of the New Sharon, Maine 
High School came today with their principal and his wife. The class was 
given their choice of a camping trip or a historical tour. Some chose one, 
some the other with the result that six boys and girls spent three days in 
seeing Lexington, Concord, Boston and the Wayside Inn. 

Fifth grade pupils from the William Carter School in Needham 
were shown through the house this afternooon. This was a group of 18. 

Wednesday, June 12, 194-0 Cloudy 

Mrs. E. F. Baker of Denver, Colorado, guest today, used to hear 
about Mr. Ford through her Uncle George (George k. Cherrie, explorer). 
He furnished Mr. Ford with information about the rubber trees in South 
America. Mr. Cherrie took a trip up the Amazon River with Theodore 
Roosevelt and his son when the former was very sick. They were the only 
three white men, deserted by their native guides, but finally they made their 
way to civilization where Mr. Roosevelt could get proper treatment. 
Uncle George, now 89, lives in Vermont. 

The man who used to repair clocks for Mr. Lemon visited the Inn 
today. He is Mr. J. E. Piper - a clock authority, ^e passes on all clocks 
purchased by Mr. Albert Wells of the American Optical Co., in Southbridge, 
Mass. a noted clock collector. 

Thursday, June 13, 194-0 Very warm 

Teachers of the Edmund Tilestone School of Mattapan, Mass. were 
guests this evening closing the year with a dinner to a retiring teacher. 

A dinner was given on the porch this evening for boys of the 
graduating class of the Wayside Inn Boys School. 

A very interesting and interested guest this evening was 
Mr. Kenneth H. Dunshee of the Home Insurance Co. of New York. Mr. Dunshee 
has done research work in connection with fire fighting equipment and old 
fire engines. The President of the company has established a museum con- 
taining such articles. Mr. Dunshee, after arranging the collection, wrote 
a very attractive book on l the subject. He has also written a brochure on 
historical houses hich he promised to send us. Mr. Dunshee stayed until 
11 o'clock th - i s. -e vening - looking over the Wayside Inn collection. 

Friday, June 1A, 194-0 Pleasant 

Children of the Redstone School and Southwest School spent this 
afternooon in having their last dancing class of the school year in the 
Ball room. The teacher of th£ Mary Lamb School is leaving to be married 
in the Summer. The children presented her, Miss Frances Tibbitts, with 
a lamp in the form of an old Windmill. 

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Friday, June 14, 1940 - continued 

Mr. L. H. Bailey an able botonist spent the night here tonight 
and inquired about a certain kind of Blackberry bush which is said to grow 
in low swamps and is rarely seen. He hoped to find such a bush in or near 
Sudbury. Mr. Bailey was formerly connected with Cornell University. 

Saturday, June 15, 194-0 Pleasant 

Francis Hanely and Thelma Wilhelmy were married this morning in 
St. Mary's Church, Marlboro and came to the Inn for their wedding breakfast 
and reception. Their guests ere friends and relatives around 70 in number, 
The bride attended Bryn Mawr College and the couple expect to live in 
Cambridge, he being in the Insurance business. A large wedding cake was 
cut as the guests assembeld at small tables in the large dining room. The 
center, bride's table, was a pretty scene with bridesmaids , gathered around 
the bride, in lovely blue frocks . We will never forget the bride as she 
stood half way up the front hall stairs in the traditional white satin and 
veil ready to throw her ^dquet. A beautiful picture in this old house. 
Then they hastily gave their good byes under a shower of confetti. 

Almost lost among the guests of the wedding party were 8 little 
girls who call themselves the "Little Women's Club". For two years these 
tots - 5 to 8 years old- have met in their homes once a week to learn to 
sew and cook and play games. Each week for two years they have put into a 
bank 5 cents apiece. Today the bank was broken and in celebration the 
Little Women came to the Wayside Inn for dinner. Mrs. Cary, the kind 
mother who supervises the group, told us that the £irls have made muffins 
and cookies, gingerbread and other things. She wants them to learn some 
household duties. The children live in Greenwood, Mass. Their names are: 

Ruth Wills Elinor Coggin 

Jrjnet Cary Louise Ryan 

Jean Potter Frances Taunton 

Marcia Nelson Ann Worthley 


Sunday, June 16, 194-0 Pleasant 

The biggest party ever entertained by Mr*. Lemon at the 
Wayside Inn was described today by Major Frank S. Wilson a guest who 
attended the party . It was in 1904- when a convention of Edison men 
was being held in Boston. The group came to the Inn in automobiles; 
Major Wilson thinks the largest number of cars ever before assembled 
here. He remembers that 165 people were in attendance. A souvenier 
booklet of the Inn was published at the time and Major Wilson has a 
copy which he promised to send us. 

Monday, June 17, 194-0 Pleasant 

Recent .quests 

Jorge Ancizar-Sordo Ph D. - Bogota, Colombia 

D. M. Brockway, President- Pacific Transit Bus Sales Co., 

Los Angeles, Cal. Largest 
distributor of Ford basses 
west of the Rockies. 

Robert E. Potter - stepson of Birdie Manger, friend and 

early associate of Mr. Ford. 


Guest: "If housevafes had to use this old kitchen, every one 
would starve! I haven't seen a can ooener in the 

Guest: "Do you have ghosts here?" 

Hostess: (Not hearing the question correctly) - "Yes, indeed, 
we have some in the barn beyound the Redstone School 
and last Spring had several baby ones. (The hostess 
mistook ghosts for goats . ) 

Tuesday, June 13, 1940 Pleasant 

Wives of members of the class of 1390 at Harvard ^ere tea 
guests this afternoon. Over 100 members of Harvard's 50th class re- 
turned for their reunion. At Wellesley we learned from a member of 
the 50th anniversary class there that 35 out of an original class of 
100 had returned for reunion. 

The Banquet of the Wayside Inn Boys School was held this 
evening at Dutton Lodge with our hostesses Miss deMille and Miss Fisher 
providing music for the occasion. 


Wednesday, June 19, 194-0 


Picture pa;;e 

Mrs. Albert P. Niblack who 
sponsored Navy Destroyer 
U.S. 8. Niblack with her 
great nephew, guests at the 
Inn May 19, 1940 

Mr. and Mrs. Hanley, the 
former Thelma Wilhelmey of 
Marlboro whose wedding 
reception was held at the 
Inn June 15, 1940 


Thursday, June 20, 1940 Pleasant 

Two by two they left the Inn and v.-alked down the roadway 
towards the chapel. They were the boys and girls of the Redstone and 
Southwest Schools and the boys of the Wayside Inn School. . forming in 
line to attend their Graduation exercises. They were young, gay and 
stirred by an excitement which comes =t this time of year to all in 
school. Yet those who looked on from the windows of the Inn an^ watched 
the procession wind its way towards the setting sun felt a pang of 
sadness. It was as if their footsteps had gone over the threshold of 
the Tfayside Inn for the last time. It was the first time a graduating 
class had entered our new Chapel, however. That fact in itself marks 
this graduation as one which is never-to-be-forgotten in the annals of 
the Wayside Inn. 

Friday, June 21, 194-0 Partly cloudy 

It was indeed a pleasure to welcome to our household once more 
the Tauck Tour. This is ths tour group which comes for luncheon every 
Friday through the Summer season. Joe and Kaufie are now old and trusted 
friends and we were happy to find them in their usual places on this, the 
first trip of the year. After luncheon the 30 passengers walked to 
the Redstone School where a short school session was held. This is very 
entertaining and enjoyable to most of the Taucks and many say it is the 
best part of the whole tour. 

Saturday, June 22, 194-0 Pleasant 

"How old do you think I am?" asked a spry looking old gentle- 
man this evening. The hostess guessed "around 80". "Well, I'm 94" said 
the gentleman. His name is Sidney Augustus Bull. He told us that his 
father, Sidney Haskell Bull, used to be a p-ddler all through this 
section of ttae- Massachusetts, making the Wayside Inn his headquarters. 
This must have been nearly 100 years ago. He had as many as 25 peddlers 
under him who obtained their goods from him and worked in this vicinity. 
Peddlers in those days carried tin ware and needles, calico and buttons. 
The present Mr. Bull lives in Billerica, Mass. He was born in Harvard, 
Mass. where his father married and went to live after making his home at 
the Inn. 

The Graduation Ball of the Boys School was held in the large 
Ball Room this evening and as usual was one of the prettiest af /airs of 
the year. How could it be otherwise with charming young ladies in long 
flowing dresses and good looking boys as partners., all dancing grace- 
fully the old fashioned dances to the tune of old time music. The long 
white ball room with huge fireplace at north end is a perfect setting for 
such an occasion. 


Sunday, June 23, 1940 Pleasant 

A boy 9j years old, whose name is Stephen Austin Howe, found the Inn 
doubly interesting because he is a descendant of the Inn Howe family. He 
lives at 282 Orange St., Needham, Mass. and was genuinely enthusiastic. 

Mr p. Sedgeley a recent guest told us that she and a friend rode out 
from Boston to the Inn on their bicycles. This was in the gay *90's era. 

Guest: "See the wide boards on the floor." 

Her friend, seriously, "Yes, what wonderful ironing boards." 

Monday, June 24, 1940 Partly cloudy 

Today marks the anniversary of the window panes which are framed 
and hang over the mantle in the Parlor. It was on June 24 in the year 1774 that 
William Molineaux, Jr. wrote his name on one pane and a verse on the other. 
He wrote with a diamond. Longfellow mentions the verse in the "Tales of a 
Wayside Inn." 

A fine family, mother and father and two sons visited the Inn today 
from South Dakota. The father told us that he thought every young American 
should come to New England. "Its a good thing for young people to know what 
sacrifices were made to found this nation" he said. 

Tuesday, June 25, 1940 Rain 

Mr. Robert T. Bushnell, former District Attorney for Middlesex 
County and now a candidate for Attorney General on the Republican ticket 
was a dinner guest this evening. He came with Mr. Albert Haynes our 
dancing teacher. 

Wednesday, June 26, 1940 Rain 

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Wednesday, June 26, 194-0 


This view of the Inn 
from the garden is 
always a popular one. 

The bust of Longfellow in 
our garden has recently 
undergone a thorough 


Thursday, June 27, 1940 Pleasant 

Some unusual family groups have been to the Inn of late. A 
short time ago we had the pleasure of meeting 6 girls from Indiana, 
working girls, who each year plan to take a trip together. This is their 
5th year. The six comprise three sets of sisters. 

Toda^ ; two brother were holding a reunion here. They are 72 
and 74- years old and have not seen each other for 45 years. One came on 
from California by airplane, joined the other in New England and together 
they will attend the Y.'orld ' s Fair . 

Friday, June 28, 1940 Pleasant 

John Kenneth Caldwell, Consul General of the United States of 
America in Tientsin, China with his wife and tvo sons are overnight eniests. 
They came for luncheon, then dicided to move in bag and baggage. Mr. 
Caldwell is on leave from his diplomatic post. He has a daughter who lives 
in Newton, Mass. This is therefore, a kind of family reunion j the two 
sons coming from Tampa, Florida. 

Saturday, June 29, 1940 Pleasant 

A telephone call in the late afternoon informed us that the 
Barbier family v?ere on their way to the Inn. They arrived in time for 
dinner. Mr. and Mrs. Barbier, Roy and Florence from Dearborn, Michigan. 
They are staying overnight. 

Eight students from the International Relations Conference at 
Wellesley College were visitors today and were especially appreciative of 
everything here. 


Sunday, June 30, 194-0 Pleasant 

Early in the evening a large Bus brought a group of teachers 
to see the Inn. They came from Georgia. There were thirty- two in the 
group. This is as annual pilgrimage and a stop is made every year at 
the Inn. 

There are several Summer Theatre groups in this vicinity 
with actors and actresses from New York. Tonight one of the hostesses 
was dining in a tea room whe^e the pleayers are wont to dine. She 
overheard this conversation: 

First Actor: "7Jhat did you do this afternoon?" 
Second Actor: "We droved over to the Wayside Inn and found 
it a most interesting place." 

Monday, July 1, 194-0 Cold, cloudy 

We have enjoyed very much the Caldwell family. They are 
still here and will be here two days longer. They came last Friday. 
He is the American Consul General in Tientsin, China. Mrs. Caldwell 
is charming and told us that a Tientsin school teacher had asked her 
to dind a monument near Concord which was erected to a British soldier. 
Mrs. Calwell was puzzled, so were we. We found, however, in a Concord 
Guide book that there are two graves of British soldiers near the Old 
North Bridge. These have tablets on them with verses by James Russell 
Lowell. The Caldwell family started on their historical quest and reported 
a very interesting time. It seems that they found the graves without 
any difficulty and while copying the incription, some ladies representing 
a British society came to place flowers on the burial ground. This gave 
Mrs. Caldwell still more information to carry back to the Chinese teacher. 

Tuesday, July 2, 194-0 Very pleasant 

The Ben Smith family of Harris, Rhode Island consisting of 
mother, father, Janet, Ben M. Smith 111, Allan Smith and little Elizabeth 
visited the Inn again today. The^r were here two years ago, came early in the 
morning and much to our surprise remembered practically everything they were 
told on their first visit. 'J-ney were bright youngsters - even six year old 
Elizabeth not missing a "trick". The father and mother were poorly clad, 
apparently without much education, but anxious to afford their children 
every means of learning. The children impressed us greatly. We have rarely 
encountered their equal. Each one had an extrodinary memory. 


Wednesday, July 3, 194-0 Pleasant 

Once in a while we think it permissable to nention our 
landlord, Mr. Henry Ford, who is so generous and faithful in preserving 
this old Inn. In these trying days of the Seer./ ond World War, Mr. Ford's 
name is often on the lips of our guests -"ho speak of him as being a 
great American. They often express their appreciation of what he is 
doing for America and Americans after they have seen the Inn and realize 
what it stands for. Today a middle aged mother from the West with her 
two daughters of 'teen age, spoke emphatically when she said: "I believe 
Mr. Ford is the only real American jve have." 

Thursday, July 4-, 194-0 Rain 

This was a typical holiday as far as guests were concerned. 
The house was crowded from morning till night with groups going 
through almost constantly and many dinner guests. The weather man did 
not provide a typical July 4-th, however. Instead of the traditional scorching 
hot day, it was cold and rainy. During the afternoon three interesting 
looking poeple joined the throng of guests. They proved to be Museum workers. 
Miss Moore of the Childrens Museum, Boston brought her brother and sister-in- 
law. Her brother is connected with the Newark, N. J. Art Museum and his wife 
with the Museum of Modern Art in New York. They told us of their attendance 
at the Museum workers Convention in Detroit and what pleasure they had in 
being entertained by Mr. and Mrs. Edsel Ford and Mr. and Mrs. n enry Ford. They 
spoke especially of the luncheon in Clinton Inn and how Mr. Ford graciously 
shook hands ith every person there. 

Friday, July 5, 194-0 Pleasant 

The day was pleasant except for a short hail storm. This occured 
just after the Tauck Tour people had settled down in the tiny seats of the 
Redstone School house to hear the story. By the time the school session was 
over the storm had cleared and the Taucks went on their way- rejoicing. 
They were in good spirits after playing schooJ and the 'ride ahead was to be 
beautiful and comfortable. 

Mrs. George T. Valentine with her son and daughter-in-law from 
LeRoy, Ohio, were belated overnight guests tonight. They were scheduled to 
arrive yesterday, four in the party, but in New York they were delayed. 
Mr. Valentine fell on a small step in the hotel, broke a bone in his leg and 
will be confined in a hospital for several weeks. The rest of the party 
decided to continue the trip as planned. So tonight there were three Valentines 
instead of four. We felt so sorry for Mr. Valentine (he was here last year) 
that we sent him some of the Wayside Inn candy - molasses peppermints rind 
jelly beans. 

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Saturday, July 6, 1940 Pleasant 

Gleanings of the week 

■f'orty years ago Dr. Noble of Brookline, Mass. had dinner here. 
She remembers a roaring fire on the hearth and good food. 

We were more than surprised and pleased to learn that Kate Smith of 
radio fame had mentioned our new chapel on her program of last Monday noon. 
According to the guest sho told us about it, she mentioned our school children 
and the stones laid by each one in the foundation of the building. 

Susan King, little girl about eight, long yellow hair, said: "Once 
I slept in a bed just like that ^Washington room bed) in Ohio!" Hostess asked if 
she laid awake looking at the canopy. "No, the canopy didn't keep me awake, 
but the maid said when she put me to bed that the tassels tickled her neck!" 


Sunday, July 7, 194-0 Pleasant 

Six children is a big family in these days, so we were 
surprised this morning to learn that the six well behaved youngsters 
\3ho came to see the Inn belonged to the same father and mother. 
The father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. John Blottman came too. They were 
young, well dressed parents, neat and clean and the children were unusually 
nice mannered and quiet. They have moved to Boston recently. This was 
their first visit to the Inn. 

Miss deMille recognized Mr. Edward Everett Horton among a group 
of guests this noon time. H e is the stage and screen star and today was 
on his way to a Summer play house on Boston's Nd£bh Shore, ^e felt 
hurried but stayed long enough to go all through the house. Miss deMille 
asked him to register in our special guest book. He did so and told her: 
"Mr. Ford is to be congratulated on preserving this fine old Inn". 

Monday, July 8, 194-0 Pleasant 

School teachers from all points of the compass attending Harvard's 
Summer School gathered at the Inn this evening for dinner. There were 131 in 
all and they sat down at small tables arranged for 6 and 8 in the large 
dining room. After dinner, speech making was enjoyed. Most of it was of a 
humorous nature which kept everyone laughing. The party broke up around 
10 o'clock, but there were still a few who had not seen the Inn - so a trip 
with hostess was made through the rooms. We learned that this Summer School 
course is called a Workshop. Teachers with problems regarding their 
various projects -And programs for the school year have the opportunity of 
duscussing them with experts in all fields of education. This was a 
"repeat" party. Teachers from this same Harvard Workshop came last year. 

Tuesday, July 9, 194-0 Pleasant 

Guests from Georgia told us that they have travelled in 15 states. 
"The Wayside Inn is the most interesting place of all" they said. 

Twenty more students attending the Institute of Public Relations 
in Wellesley visited the Inn today. 

Wednesday ,July 10, 1940 Very warm 

At the end of a busy, warm day we were pleased to take in two 
weary travellers who motored here from New York. They were Colonel and 
Mrs. Charles Lindbergh. They were here in January and wanted to come 
back. They like especially our Mill products. . the flour and corn meal 
which they use regularly. The writer had not met them on their previous visit 
and felt it a great privilege to know this charming couple. They are 
charming in cheir simplicity and graciousness. You felt as if Mrs. Lindbergh 
liked you immediately and her eyes met yours in a spirit of friendliness and 
kindliness. Above all you felt her tolerance and patience and understanding. 
Colonel Lindbergh looks young and boyish and gave us a wonderful smile. He 
appears remarkably healthy and happy. 


Thursday, July 11, 194-0 Cloudy 

The Lindberghs left about 10 o'clock this morning expressing 
their appreciation of a quiet and restful sojourn. They are having a 
short vacation visiting friends in New England. We hope they will 
make of the Inn a quiet resting place whenever they feel the need of it 
and will always enjoy the freedom of making themselves at home while here. 

Friday, July 12, 1940 Rain 

An interesting Tour group came to the Inn this noon for 
luncheon. They were from Spolanne, Washington, twenty- two in number 
under the direction of the Byrnes Travel Agency. Mr. Byrnes headed the 
party, all fine people who are travelling from coast to coast 
on a 4-0 day vacation. 

There were 30 in the Tauck Tour group today and 41 on the 
regular Gray Line Bus. All luncheon guests. 

Some dinner guests tonight bought Mr. Chamberlain's book 
"The Wayside Inn - A Camera Impression". They wanted to send it to 
a little girl 7§ years old. The child has been to the Inn from her 
home in New Jersey several times. We overheard the remark that she 
has worn out her copy of the "Story of Mary and Her Lamb". Whenever 
her friends come to Boston she likes more than anything else to have 
them send her something from the Wayside Inn. 

Saturday, July 13, 194-0 Cloudy 

Every overnight guest room was taken last nifeht. Three rooms 
were occupied by people from Detroit. They were Dr. and Mrs. Glen A. 
Brough with their sons Ames and James and Mr. and Mrs. Harold E. Jinks 
from Grosse Point Park. 


Sunday, July 14, 1940 Pleasant 

We have nothing in particular to record about this busy day. 
It was busy every minute from early morning 'till late in the evening. 
People came and went and all was well at the Wayside Inn. 

Monday, July 15, 194-0 Pleasant 

We are keenly interested in the visit of Mr. and Mrs. Linton 
Wells who arrived this afternoon. They are to be here until tomorrow 
afternoon and will make a complete survey of the Inn in anticipation of 
Mr. Wells' radio broadcast. This will be on Sunday evening July 2S 
on the Ford Summer Hour from 9 to 10 P. M. Mr. Wells will give a 
summary of Inn activities including the farm and schools. This after- 
noon a trip was made to the following places: 

Mary Lamb School Walker House 

Southwest School Parmenter House 

Calvin Howe house Diary 

Dutton Lodge Poultry yard 

Mil Old Fashioned garden 

Chapel Stage Coaches 

Tuesday, July 16, 1940 Pleasant 

This busy Summer day began at 10 o'clock when town assessors 
from Middlesex County gathered here for a meeting in the large Ball room. 
At noon tiwe, this group of 152 men and vomen were served luncheon in the 
large dining room. In the afternoon they stayed for another meeting. 

A school teacher from Pittsburg, Pa. told us today about her 
class in American Literature which recently has read again the "Eaga of 
King Olaf" from the Tales of a Wayside Inn. "We read it because of 
Norway's position in the present World War," said this plump, middle aged 

The Chapel bell rang loud and clear over the whole Wayside Inn 
country side this afternoon. This was the first time the bell has been 
heard from its new home in the tall, white spire. 

Wednesday, July 17, 1940 Pleasant 

A surprise party was held at the Inn this noon. Three daughters 
met here to honor their mother. One daughter lives in Worcester, another 
in Westbolflb and a third in Reading. The two daughters, on their way to 
the Inn from Westboro with their mother, kept saying: "Its too bad our 
sister from Reading can't be with us". When they arrived she was here andtfee 
party was complete. 

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Wednesday, July 17, 194-0 - continued 

Many people are saying that there will be more travel in America 
this Summer because of the War in Europe. We know of one man who will 
stay in this country, tte usually goes to Europe with tourist parties, con- 
ducts them and has a ver> fine business of this sort, ^g is Mr. Law - and 
he comes to the Inn frequently during the Winter months. It has been 
unusual to see him here several times this Summer - but not surprising. 

Mr. and Mrs. Alan Chapel from Detroit arrived tonight about 
10:30 o* clock to stay several days. 

Thursday, July 18, 194-0 Very warm 

Mr. and Mrs. Chapel attended a Ball game in Boston this after- 

Elderly man talking to young companion: "I always feel com- 
fortable when I come here and I don't know just why." 

A recent guest gave us this information. He s^id that after a 
long stemmed clay pipe had been smoked and broken off to insure a clean 
mouth piece for every smoker, the bowl was put into the hot coals to burn 
out the nicotine. It came out as white as snow and clean. When the pipes 
had been used and broken off to 3 or 4- inches in length they were called 
"nose warmers". 

Friday, July 19, 194-0 Pleasant 

The Bixler Tour group which comes two or three times every 
Summer arrived today for the first time this Season. Mr. and Mrs. Bixler 
accompanied the party of eleven ladies. 

c*ow& ^ e Tauck Tour people were 4-3 in number today and a very jolly 
ooxwd. They enjoyed both the Inn and School house. Tomorrow another 
Tauck Tour - making the same trip - is scheduled. This will be an over- 
flow load which we call a "double header". 

Mr. and Mrs. ^inton Wells returned today with Mr. and Mrs. 
H. L. McClinton. 

Professor S. G. Morley of the University of California with two 
sons visited the Inn today. He teaches Spanish and is also a well known 
author. He has written several books on early California history. 

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Saturday, July 20, 1940 Very warm 

A little old lady - 90 her next "birthday - told us today that 
she has been to England 10 times. Sh fl°v7 to Germany on the first trip 
of the big airliner "Hindenberw" . She has been through the Panama 
Canal 7 times and 3 times to Honolulu. Mrs. Hague is indeed a great 
traveller and added that she has been across the continent to California 
6 do- 7 times. This interesting guest, born in 1850, lives in Worcester 
and is a clergyman's widow. 

Morton G. Lloyd, chief of the section of Safety Standards at 
the Bureau of Standards, Washington, D. C. was a guest today, spending 
several hours at the Inn and School house. He also had luncheon here. 

Mr. and Mrs. Chapel, Mr. and Mrs. Wells and Mr. and Mrs. 
McClinton all left today. 

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Sunday, July 21, 1940 Partly cloudy 

Annapolis midshipman looking very smart and neat in dark 
blue sailor suits were seen among the guests at the Inn today » The 
battleships, Texas, New York and Arkansas are anchored in Boston 
Harbor and the midshipmen are seeing the sights of the big city. 
They Fere handsome boys and full of fun. 

Monday, July 22, 1940 Partly cloudy 

A distinguished visitor today was Senator C . W. Miles, 
State Senator from the Plymouth, Massachusetts District. He asked 
if we wanted him to make a speech about Paul Revere. He explained 
that his is often ceiled upon to give talks on Colonial subjects and 
has several all ready for use on the tip end of his tongue I 

Tuesday, July 23, 194-0 Very warm 

Mr. D. C. Perry of the Puchasing Department at Dearborn 
was a guest today. 

Tiny dolls made of hodlyhock blo^ssomt are placed in 
pewter dishes around the house this week as a kind of memorial to 
Mr. Lee who was gardner here for sc many years. He used to make them 
every year and took great pride in his colorful "ladies". 

Wednesday, July 24, 1940 Very warn 

Mrs. Bennett who is serving as a hostess this Summer talked 
with a woman today who remembers very well our hall wall paper. She said 
that as a child in England she had the very same wall paper in her 
nursery. It is an English hunting scene with the huntsmen in bright red 
coats riding with the hounds. The guest told us that she would some- 
times ride on her racking horse by the window and pretend that she too 
wore a bright red coat and was riding with the hounds. 

Thursday, July 25, 1940 Very warm 

We have had as a recent visitor a pretty young woman who made 
it a point to stop here because of her late husband. His name was 
Molineaux, the same as the Major who scratched his name on the pane of 
glass in 1774* The woman told us that her husband came here years ago 
and was so thrilled to learn about the writing on the windor pane in the 
Parlor and that he bore the same name as the man mentioned by Longfellow, 
that he never forgot it. He told his wife and friends about it many 
times. His wife wanted to see the place and the panes which meant so 
much to him. 


Friday, July 26, 1940 Warm 

Two very nice looking Soys bought some post cards at the 
Bar today and v-e asked them vhere they were from. "Arkansas" they said. 
They \ ere of High School age and were on a Historical tour through 
New England. Shortly after the. boys were here three ladies approached 
the Bar to buy post cards and books. We asked them the same question: 
WWhere are you from?" Nebraska, California , Pennsylvania , came the 

S iturday, July 27, 194-0 Very warm 

While the Tauck Tour group was at the school house this 
afternoon, a large, well-built man of about 60 years, wandered in. 
He had a hard time getting into one of the little desk seats, but he 
was good natured about it and enttered into the fun. He told us later 
that he used to teach in a country school of the same sort and walked 
3 miles to the school house, &e lived on a farm and worked for his 
board and rooi' by milking 9 cows every morning and night. The regular 
charge for board and room in those days was $2.00 a week for men and 
$1.50 for women. His sala^ry for teaching was $4«00 per week. 


Sunday, July 28, 194-0 Pleasant 

Miss deMille spoked a lonesome looking child this afternoon. 
She was just leaving the Inn with some older peole when Miss deMille 
quickly surmised that the girl, about 10 years old, might be a refugee 
from across the water. So she asked. Sure enough the little girl had 
just arrived in this country on the "Samaria which docked in Boston this 
morning. She was one of the English children being cared for by foster 
American parents. 

Tonight we listened to the talk given by Linton Wells on the 
Fori Summer Radio Hour. For the most part he talked about the Yteyside 
Inn Boys' School. He mentioned the Inn at the beginning of his talk. 

Monday, July 29, 194-0 Very warm 

The writer regrets that she failed to record in a previous 

Diary the fact that Colonel and Mrs. Charles Lindbergh returned to the 
Inn for another nights lodging on July 17. This was their second 
call upon us. The first being on July 10. 

Tuesday, July 30, 194-0 Very warn] 

A man and his wife and two fine boys were in a group of 
visitors today. who heard the story of the house. ?»hen leaving, the 
gentleman expressed his appreciation this way. He sfid: 

"Longfellow was about the only poet I could understand as a boy so 
there was something lovely in my soul v.hen he was brought so near to me 
in the Parlor". 

Wednesday, July 31, 194-0 Pleasant 

This was a day of days. It started early as a big bus load of 
children arrived from Framingham to join their elders for the Middlesex 
County Extension Service Picnic. Many elders and children with their 
lunch boxes in hand swarmed through the house. They came in groups of 
about 40 or 50 after registering at a table placed on the front lawn. 
After seeing the house they wandered down to the Mary Lamb School, then on 
to the Mill, ending up at the Calvin Howe Sportsfield where picnics were 
held and a Band concert enjoyed. Sports of various kinds were organized 
and speeches made, ice cream cones were for sale and a good time was had 
by all. All numbered near a thousand. 

Side-lights on the Picnic: 

-Mr. Herbert H. Young, Maynard, Mass. told us that he 
used to sell groceries to Mr*. Lemon. He kept the store which is now 
Bradshaw's in South Sudbury center, 

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Wednesday, July 31 - continued. 

Side lights on the County picnic: 

Mr. Nathaniel Bowditch of Framingham, for 44. years a trustee of the 
Massachusetts State College and President of the Middlesex County 

tension Service entertained 10 guests ;j t luncheon on the Porch of the Inn. 

One of the group bought a large quantity of post cards r nd informed 
us that post cards are her hobby. She has a very large collection of them. 

Neat j farm wife, very much interested in the Inn: "Do you take 
boarders here?" 

A small boy fror. Lexington, Mass. told us that he could recite 
"most of the whole" of Paul Revere' s Ride. We let him do it in the Parlor 
before a room full of people. He did it well and received loud applause. 

Thursday, August 1, 194-0 Pleasant 

A change has been made in the price of admission for those who 
come to see the Inn vithout having a meal here. The charge is now 20 cents 
per person instead of 25 centr , We might add that hundreds of students and 
members of the cleriy receive free admission. 

Friday, August 2, 1940 Pleasant 

We have mentioned several times the Tauck Tour group at the 
Mary Lamb School, but we don't want to pass by their visits to the Inn 
itself which are looked forward to every week by all the Inn staff. As 
soon °s they arrive, Miss deMille conducts the tour through the downstairs 
rooms including the Parlor. Then they go to the dining room or Porch for 
luncheon. They are always a pleasure to have here - well organized and 
well mannered and appreciative of every little service done for them. 
Again we say: "If you are planning a Bus trip, go the Tauck way"! 

Saturday, August 3, 194-0 Pleasant 

When speaking of our candle molds as being old and of a by-gone 
day, the hostess^ heard an interesting story today. It was told by a woman 
whose husband is superintendent of a convalescent home. She said that at the 
time of the Hurricane in 1933 , electric lights were out, so she made candles 
in a candle mold like ours. She made 10 "batches" of caadles - 24 each time. 
This supplied patients and personel of the who"! Le institution. Soc0ur guest 
added that she never thinks of candle making as being of the past - but as 
an important part of present day living. 


Sunday August A, 1940 Pleasant 

In the Pittsburg, Pa. Council of New England women, are two 
members whose ancestors were Hov7es, belonging to the Wayside Inn 

My. This information was given to us today by the President of said 
Council who visited the Inn and told us about her organization. There 
are some 30 odd members. 

Miss Edna Blackwood, guesttoday, was born in westboro, Mass. 
and remembers c<-ning here as a child. She moved to California many years 
ago but still does not like California ! She prefers the scenery and 
climate of ^ew England. M-^ny of her ancestors came from Sudbury, one of 

Ephraim Smith who carried our flint lock musket to Concord on 
the 19th of April in 1775. Ephraim was the great uncle of 
Miss Blackwood's grandfather. 

Monday, August 5, 19A-0 Pleasant 

3 remember years ago, ten or fifteen years ago, of 
hearing about the Folk Museum at Aartius, Denmark. It is an outdoor 
museum where a hole village is devoted to native handcrafts; the native 
work of several generations back. It was one of the first museums of 
this kind to be established. We heard nore about it today from 
Mr. Irs. »enry Schilling who said that they had told Mr. Ford about 
it several years ago. 

A nice old gentleman who gave his name as Bausie told us today 
that he wrote em article about the Inn probably in the 1890' s. He was 
at that tine editor of the Williams College Alumni news. il e came by the 
Inn on his say to see a class-mate who lived in this vicinity. Mr. Bruise 
was so charmed with the place he wrote about 11 for his paper. He is now 
headmaster of the Litchfield School for Boys at Litchfield, Connecticut ar.d 
has promised to send a copy of his writing. 

Tuesday, August 6, 1940 Pleasant 

We were very much pleased to welcome Mr. and Mrs. Francois Audi 
to the Inn today and to learn that they are planning to spend a few days 
here. It seems but a short time ago that Mr.s Audi was here with her 
two brothers. She was then *.iiss Raymond and a boarding school girl. Now 
she is married and has a little girl nearly three years old. 

y, August 7, 1940 Cloudy 

Business has been very heavy since the first of August. All 
New England resorts report an unusually busy month. Today the house 
literally swarmed with people. Hot only were there man;- regular sight- 
seers and dinner guests, but also a Fols nily reunion was held in the 
?e Ball room and dining room. Ninety members .ere present at luncheon 
time . 


Thursday, August 8, 1940 Pleasant 

An event nich has all the ear marks of being of some historical 
t a future time took place today when Mr. Pc.yson Smith, former 
commissioner of Education for the State of Massachusetts and more recently 
on the Teaching staff of Harvard University, ended his career as a teacher 
in our little red school house. Infornal in its aspect, the occasion 
could not have been of more interest and enjoyment had it been planned for 
months in advance. No, it xias arrnaged in a very short time. Mr. Smith 
wanted to entertain his last class at luncheor at the Inn. Mrs. Smith was 
present and the luncheon held accordi ) schedule. Then someone suggests 
e party adjourn to the Redstone School house. Mrs. Bennett followed 
along with the key, opened the door and l/ ¥ "pupils", eome men well known 
in the field of educs ion, some Harvard professors themselves and others men 
and women teachers from all parts of the United States, filed in. They s«t 
in the little old desks, played school for hile trs. Bennett the 
"teacher" , then asked to be alone, to be by themselves. The door was shut. 
V/e don't kno~ exactly appe , words of commendation and 
gratitude were ~aid to the guest of honor, but we do know th r -t a gift, some 
token of appreciation was presented ' n^ 1 that t^n and there, in that tiny 
school building a man who has devoted practically hi ole life to the 
cause of Education, ended a successful teaching career. 

Friday, August 9, 194-C Pleas< rt 

*-e have been following with interest a series of articles and 
pictures which appear din the Editorial page of the Boston Post every day. 
The series is called "One hundred and more things to see in Boston and . 
surrounding cities and towns". Mrs. S. A. Clark who is writing the articles 
came to the Inn today to gather material for an Inn write up. She came at 
noon expecting to stay but a short time. At six o'clock we found her 
parked in hei car* under a tree - still writing. She has decided to devote 
three days. of pictures and writing to the Inn. 

Saturday, August 10, 1940 Pleasant 

A guest today told us about her grandmother's grandmother. This 
greMt, grei t grandmother lived at the time of the Revolutionary War and she 
lived near Cambridge where the Continental, troops were assembled. The 
woman was patriotic and, as we would say today, wanted to do hpr "bit". So 
she carried her precious home-made butter into the camps, used to walk to 

bridge with It. But before presenting the butter, the little lady would 
"work" it over again, because she wanted it to be perfectly fresh. 

V, T e are glad to have Miss Margaret Fielding within the fold again. 
She has been absent from our Hostess staff for the past two months because 
of a serious operation. 


Sunday, August 11, 194-0 


Recent guests 

The above is a picture of Donald Hallock, 
Main Street, Topsfield, Mass. and two 
friends who drove all the way here in 

this 1912 ^odel T Ford car. 

"It's in 

perfect condition and running order and 
I drive it just for the fun of it" ^r 
Hallock said. He bought the car in 
Haverhill, Mass. where it had been in 
storage for 20 years. 


Monday, August 12, 19A0 Pleasant 

Our guests come from all sections of 
the United States on these busy Summer days and 
they often bring news of historical and literary 
pursuits in their own home towns. . e heard 
today from a woman who lives in Gallapolis, 
Ohio that her town was founded by Lafayette in 
1790. He came down the Ohio river and helped 
to settle the tovm, which this year is celebrating 
its 150 anniversary. Mr Harold B. Waldo, 
another guest today informed us that he is the 
Radio Editor of the Hartford, Conn. Times. He 
expects to go to New lork soon as a guest of the 
Columbia Broadcasting Company. A school teacher 
from Tumica, Mississippi contributed the informa- 
tion that her tovm was named for the Tumica Indians, 

Tuesday, August 13, 1940 Pleasant 

This morning early we said goodbye to Peggy 
Anne White and her father and mother who spent the 
night here. They arrived yesterday afternoon and 
shortly after, went down to the Mary Lamb School 
where Peggy Anne told us about her own school - 
the McGuffey School in Greenfield Village. She 
is in the second grade. 


Tuesday, August 13, 194-0 (continued) 

Recently her picture appeared in the 
Herald magazine with Mr Ford and Governor 
Dickinson. Peggy Anne is only 7 years old, 
but a bright youngster, very courteous and 
polite. This is her picture taken as she 
v. r as leaving the Inn. 


Wednesday, August 14, 1940 Pleasant 

We met an interesting farm woman today. 
She looked as if she had spent the greater part 
of her life on a farm. She had big features, 
big feet and her hands looked as if they had done 
hours and hours of good hard garden work, barn 
work and scrubbing in the kitchen. But she knew 
the birds and stood on our front step listening 
for their calls. She walked to the garden twice 
and seemed to be more at home out of doors than 
she was indoors. She came on the Grey Line Bus, 
didn't want to eat lunch but asked for a cup of 
coffee. She told us that she came from Tiskilwa, 
Illinois. Tiskilwa is named for an Indian 
legend. Tis and Wa were both in love with the 
same maiden. Tis killed V-a - Hence the name of 
the town. The lady's name is Hattie S. Whittaker. 
She informed us that she has purchased 4 Ford cars. 

Thursday, August 15, 1940 Pleasant 

Club groups come even in the Summer time 
Yesterday, we entertained a garden club from 
Greer, Rhode Island. It is called the 
"Wantoknowhows" Club. Seven members were 
luncheon guests. About fifteen women, wives of 
delagates to the Phi Signa Kappa, National 
Paternity convening in Boston visited the Inn 

Friday, August 16, 1940 Pleasant 

Mr and Mrs J. Dall Hutchinson, 
Physical Education director and Art teacher 
repectively in the Greenfield Village Schools 
visited the Inn today. 


Friday, August 16, 1940 (continued) 

During the afternoon we noticed 12 tall 
goodlooking boy scouts on their way through the Inn. 
We learned that they v.ere Senior scouts from Ja. c .per, 
Illinois • 

Speaking with a genuine Yorkshire accent, 
a pretty, middle aged lady who came on the Tauck 
Tour gave a fine little poem in the Redstone School 
house today. It was about a small boy who was 
found crying. A man gave the child a ha'penny. 
The boy stopped crying, ran home happily. The 
last verse ended "That's what a ha'penny will do." 

Saturday, August 17, 1940 Pleasant 

Memories of the meeting of the American 
Association of Museums which was held in Detroit 
in the Spring still linger among the members who 
were in attendance. Miss Mary Cooke Swartwort, 
Director of the ^ontclair, New Jersey Art Museum 
spoke of the meeting today and mentioned the fact 
that the members were entertained delightfully 
at Greenfield Village. 

Mr and Mrs W. B. Cobb and family enjoyed 
the Inn to the fullest this afternoon and evening. 
Mr Cobb is Justice of the Domestic Relations Court 
in New York City and of the Childrens' Court also. 
Justice Cobb said, "Nothing is real today except 
horror. It is indeed a great relief and comfort 
for me to find this place with its Colonial 
simplicity and charm." 


Sunday, August 12, 194-0 Cloudy 

The Reverend J- Roy Wilkerson, pastor of the Congregational 
Church of Plainville, Conn, gave us his card today and announced 
that he is the minister who married John Coolidge to Miss Trumbull. 
John Coolidge is of course, the son of the late Calvin Coolidge. The 
wedding took place several years ago. The Coolidge Sap Pucket in the 
Bar room occasioned this information. 

Monday, August 19, 194-0 Pleasant 

Dr. and Mrs. McClure, he of the Ford Hospital staff, were 
luncheon guests this noon. 

A young man who impressed us as an exceptional3.y brilliant 
scholar, visited the Inn this evening and told us that he is to enter 
Princeton University this Fall. He was here with his father and mother, 
his father being the Reverend Clarence W. Kerr of the Third 
Presbyterian Church, Uniontown, Pennsylvania. 

Tuesday, August 20, 194-0 Pleasant 



Tuesday, August 20, 19^0 


Mr. and Mrs. Ben M. Smith Jr. of 
119 Summit Ave., West Warwick , R. I, 



Wednesday, August 21, 194-0 Pleasant 

Playing in the tennis matches at the Longwood Cricket Club 
in Brookline is Mr. George H. Schwartz of Rockville Center, New York 
who is staying here ith Mrs. Schwartz. Mr. Schwartz is a Isge, tall 
athlete who says he plays tennis for the fun of it and for the 
ment of pleasant firendships. 

Mrs. William A. Livingston of Fort Dodge ^ Iowa told us today 
that General Lafayette called on her great grandfather Colonel Zebalor 
Pike at Lawrencebiug, Indiana and presented him with a small engraved dish 
which has been handed down from one generation to another. Colonel 
Zebalon's son was the discoverer of Pike's Peak. 

Thursday, August 22, 194-C Pleasant 

Recent Remarks 
"This is the greatest thrill, yet" 
" All good things must end" 
"Very inspiring" 
"I'm too thrilled to breathe" 

Friday, August 23, 194-0 Pleasant 

We are always glad to welcome people from Dearborn or Detroit 
and more especially those connected with the Ford Motor Co. Today a 
Mrs. Anne Spencer made herself known to us and said that her work is in 
the Administration Building at Dearborn. She is in Mr. Fuller's office. 

A record breaker book sale was made today when 44- books of the 
"Story of Mary's Little Lamb" were sold to members of the Tauck Tour 
party. The group numbered 38 passengers. 

This may have been a record breaking day for the number of 
people who came on the Grey Line Bus. The final count was 114.. 

Saturday, August 24, 194-0 Cold 

We failed to get the name of the guest today who interrupted 
our story in the Parlor to say that she had heard 01 e Bull play. She was 
a child of 7 ro 8 years hen she heard the great violinist in a concert 
at Cambridge, Wisconiin. He was visiting a doctor friend and gave his 
performance in the Methodist church of the town which our guest said, is 
the oldest Norwegian Methodist Chiirch in the World. 



Sunday, August 25, 19-40 Pleasant 

It disturbs us a little when our Summer sight-seers say: 
"Oh, yes, we were told that same story about the candle box or the 
wafer iron when we visited another historical house". Now we wonder if 
other hostesses in other places have been telling our stories or have 
we been tellinr their stories ? Of course there are certain "ses for 
certain old things, but beyond th*t wp have tried to acquire other in- 
teresting facts to add in telling the story of the Inn. We pride ourselves 
on just this phase of our work and feel slightly jealous when we hear of 
other hostesses doing the same thing. No, we will not be jealous. We 
will treat this as a challenge, a challenge to go deeper and deeper into 
our books and pull out more and different facts . We don ' t want our guests 
to say that the Inn is just another old house to see, but we want the 
visitors to find here the most interesting, entertaining, inspiring and 
informative data. 

Monday, August 26, 194-0 Pleasant 

Mrs. Albert Wright of Scarsdale N. Y. expects to spend two days 
here in painting the Mill and Inn. We didn't want to disturb her when we 
saw her down by the stone wall ;vith brush and paint but did "look over her 
shoulder to see a charming view of the Inn done in bright tfolors. 

Tuesday, August 27, 1940 Pleasant 

Guests from Topeka, Kansas who enjoyed ^n overnight stay at the Inn 
tonight were Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Morgan. Mr. Morgan is an interesting old 
gentleman and is proud of the fact that his ancestors lived in Connecticut. 
Phinias Pratt, from whom Mr. Morgan is descended, made the first ivory combs 
in America in Essex, Connecticut. 

Wednesday, August 23, 194-0 Pleasant 

A recent guest gave her name as Mrs. Harriet B. Spooner, formerly 
Harriet B. Batchelder. When Miss Batchelder started on her career as a 
teacher she came to Sudbury, taught in the Southwest District School and 
made her home at the Inn. She is now a resident of Concord, Mass. 

lie have before us an attractive little folder of the Brownville 
Hotel at Brownville, New York. This is owned and operated by Mrs. H. J. Fisher 
a recent guest. 

Mrs. Katrina M. Reed, descendent of Thomas Macy, first white 
settler on Nantucket Island, was a recent guest. 



Thursday, August 29, 194.0 Partly cloudy 

Dr. and Mrs. W. F. Northrop from Detroit were overnight guests 
last night. 

Guests reported that 2 artists have been working outside the Inn 
today, eacK making a painting of the Inn. We are so busy on these Summer days 
our guests often report happenings ■ around the grounds which we never see. 

Friday, August 30, 1940 Pleasant 

Two boys, former guides at Greenfield Village, have made themselves 
known as recent visitors to the Inn. One was Gordon Green who spent a 
Summer at the Village and the other was the son of Mr. Frank A. Toth, cab- 
inet maker in the Wood working shop. Both Mr. Toth and his son were here. 

Saturday, August 31, 1940 Pleasant 

The Mary Lamb poem in the shcool house today occasioned one member 
of the Tauck Tour party to tell us that her mother learned the now famous 
poem in Paris, she herself learned the poem in London and her husband knew the 
poem as a child in Canada. 


Sunday, Sept 1, 194.0 Pleasant 

A reservation this noon came under the name of Lieut. Meaney. 
His party, we discovered on arrival, was made up of naval officers and 
their wives. Lieut. Meaney himself is the Commanding officer aboard 
the former Morgan yacht "Corsair" which Mr. J. P. Morgan sold to the 
government of $1.00. Along with Lieut. Meaney was Commander Otis W. 
Swainson of the U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. 

Monday, Sept. 2, 1?40 LABOR DAY Pleasant 

We have recently had an influx of college students, not in 
large groups but three or four at a time, probably on their way to begin 
their academic duties. We have found the following colleges represented: 

University of Alabama 

" " Chicago 

" " Illinois 
George Washington University 
Columbia University 
Cornell University 

Miss Bernice Knight, duaghter of Mr. Knight who is employed by 
Mr. Edsel Ford visited the Innfcoday. 

Tuesday, Sept. 3, 1940 Pleasant 

The hostesses on duty this evening had their hands full in 
placing overnight guests. . taking orders for dinner and tending a 
small baby. The baby was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Large Fox 
of Spring Jhouse, Pennsylvania. During dinner the baby was tied to the 
bed in a third floor room and surrounded with pillows and chairs. While 
the young parents were eating dinner, the hostesses took turns in running 
up stairs to see if everything was all right. 

7/ednesday, Sept. 4> 194-0 Ple?s-?nt 

This group of people spent the night here tonight, all on their 
way from Seal Harbor, Maine to Dearborn driving cars owned by Mr. Edsel Ford, 

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Fauser 
Arthur J. ; Alice and John Fauser 
George Watson, Reginald Watson 
Winfield Watson, Loring W. Watson 
Dibbie Liscomb , Paul Coston 



Thursday, Sept. 5, 1940 Pleasant 

Miss Fisher was surprised this evening when an attractive English 
woman came to the Bar, took out a beautiful little box and proceeded to 
unwrap something tied ! n an old cloth. The something was snuff . The lady 
from England showed Miss Fisher the three proper ways to use it. One, is 
by taking a pinch of it between thumb and forefinger and cutting it into 
each nostril. The second way is to place a little of the snuff in a small 
hollow on the back of the band ->nd hold it close to each nostril. The third 
way, which is not »s Helicate a way of applying it, is by putting bits of 
snuff on your coat sleeve from wrist to elbow and then drawing your arm 
across your nose I 

Friday, Sept. 6, 1940 Partly cloudy 


About 100 people came in busses this afternoon from the New Ocean 
House at Swampsce+t ""here they are holding a convention. They are members 
of the Royal Arcanum and their wives. All enjoyed the Inn. 

Saturday, Sept. 7, 1940 Showers 

A Special Grey Line Bus brought 29 people to the Inn this afterr-^o^ 
under the direction of the Dudley Tours. They were from Indiana. 



Sunday, Sept. 8, 194-0 Pleasant 

Stella J. Slack, a guest today is the author of a poem 
called "In Boston". She presented us with a card on which the poem 
is written. The last verse goes this way: 

Nowhere blue blood is so blue 

As in Boston 
Nowhere custom runs so true 

As in Boston 
And when at last I'm called to obey 
The summons on the Judgement day 
I 1 11 merely to St. Peter say 

"From Boston!" 

Mrs. David G. Haskins a resident of nearby Wayland, came 
on the Bus today and stayed for tea. She told us much about her 
husband and family and of interesting historical documents and papers 
in her possession. Her sister-in-law formed a sewing bee with Edith 
Longfellow Dana. 

Monday, Sept. 9, 1940 Partly cloudy 

Among guests today was Mr. George G. Dick in charge of the 
Central Heating Plant at Berea College. He rememberes very well the 
time Mr. Ford visited his plant. He had the pleasure of showing Mr. 
Ford the college heating system and said that Mr. Ford showed especial 
interest in an old engine. 

Tuesday, Sept. 10, 1940 Rain 

Today we were pleased to entertain three nice looking boys 
froTn England. They are ahout 14. years of age and refugees. Since 
coming to America they have made their home at Wellesley College and 
•vere brought to the Inn bv a Dean from the college. 

Wednesday, Sept. 11, 1940 Cloudy 

We have recieved a folder from one of our recent guests telling 
about the Natchez Pilgrimage at Natchez, Mississippi -"hich occurs every 
Spring Our guest is the owner of one of the old houses there which is 
open to the public during the Pilgrimage. She told us about the visit of 

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Wednesday, Sept 11 - continued 

Mr. and Mrs. Ford to her house and she is particularly interested 
in the old tavern which has been saved and restored by the Garden Club. 
Accompanying the folder were several copies of the history of the Tavern 
which we find very interesting. 

Connelly's Tavern 


on Ellicott Hill 

Thursday, Sept 12, 194-0 


Mr°.. Frederick H. Cone enjoyed the Inn so much today whe came 
back to tell us so several times. Then she volunteered th'i information 
that her husband is a former president of the Sons of the American 
Revolution. And speaking of her interest in old household utensils she 
told us that when living in England her maid would often use a warming pan 
to heat the beds. She would say: "Madame, you must have your bed 
warmed" - and proceed to use the old fashioned warming pan, fill it with 
hot coals and iron the bed. 



Friday, Sept. 13, 1940 Pleasant 

& lady came in this morning and inquired about the Chapel. 
"Is it old or new?" she asked. Then she continued - " It is so beautiful 
I wondered about it. We were riding along the main road, sa T " it and 
wanted to know more about it". Thus our chapel is attracting the in- 
terest of the highway travellers. . who pass over what we call the ne 1 " 
road. They see its tall white spire and gleaming wHte structure , tower- 
ing above everything else on the ladnscape. Once or twice we have seen 
yhr Chapel in the mooonlight. It makes us speechless, stirs our soul 
and we think of spiritual things. How much we need the very sight of a 
Chapel in these times when Peace andRighteousness seem completely over- 
shadowed. To see a church such as ours, especially in its newness is to 
re-new our Faith. And now, as I write, another guest, a gentleman, Mr. 
E. H. Richards has come in. He says: "I stopped my car at the Chapel. 
Its a beauty." Then Mr. Richards pulled from his pocket these lines 
which he had just written. 

"0 God of Love! The praise is 

That victory is due 
Where few and God are on one side 
Master, make it true." 

Saturday, Sept. L4, 1940 Pleas .-nt 

Dr. Charles H. Vea handed us his card today and we learned 
that his profession is Dentistry. Previously he had told us of his 
interest in foods and cooking. We had classified him as a Chef. He 
told us that once upon a time he had run a hotel at Colorado Springs 
and had made corn bread at Croydon, England. "I've taught many people 
how to make Corn bread" he said - and added that his father used to make 
the best soda biscuits in the World! He was a baker and made excellent 
Sponge cake. 



Sur 3 ' t. 15, 194.0 Pleasant 

Route U. S. No. 1 with its crowded highway and landsc aj 
of roadside stai : r l not interest 1 ouths who dropped in to 
s<=° "ed to New Er ] had 

bout but - ;r>i " ch they had ne ,r er seen. So the; - switched off on 
to Route 20, st Q yed ov ht in an old fsj took the 

advice of their host to stop at the ' le Inn. Here the*" formd 
jus6 h b they were looking for - ^d countryside of wood- 

ed hills and miles of stone walls - and in the center the loi ] j )ld 
Inn. They hoys thrilled an d stil" len they went throu 

the rooms and saw the early furnishings. Nov.' sometimes h ^n you 
men enthuse over the Inn they are of the type known as "sissies" but 
these boys "-ere real hejmen end showed an unusually fine appreciation 
of everything here. One was on his way to attend the Harvard Law School, 
the other is to enter the Cornell Medical College in New York City. 

Monday, Spet. 16, 1940 Pleasant 

Hostess: "This is a Hutch table" 

Small boy: "Thats my name, Hutch" 

Hostess, who had just taken dinner orrW': 

"T thought your w mo was Hutchinson" 

Small boy: "Yes, but Mother calls me Hutch"! 

Little boy to lady: "TRIhat is this over here ?" 

(pointing to bellows) 

Lady: "That is a belcher" - and in order that the boy 
could spell it correctly in his no + .<-> K ook, 
she spelled it for him, " BELCHER " ( 

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 1940 Pleasant 

One day last 'n'^y a delightful party of four, three ladies and 
a gentleman, stayed overnight at the Inn. One of the ladies was 
totally blind but she understood and appreciated everything to the 
fullest. The party was from Catskill j New York so we told them about 
our china in the dining room which has on it a picture of the Catskill 
untain House. They were tremendously interested for they have known 
the Beach family for many years. Charles L. Beach bought the hotel 
about 18-45 and it remained in the Beach family through several tions. 
Y.e were not surprised then, to received a letter recently from a member 
of this overnight group, Miss Edith G. Root enclosing a newspaper 

2 about the Catskill Mountain House, She begins the letter this way 

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Tuesday, Sept. 11 } 194-0 continued 

"A few days ago our village paper 
published an account of the very 
beginning of the Otskill Mountain 
House which, as you Vno" T , you have 
on the china there at the Inn. 
Our village is on the Hudson River 
and in our yard on a clear day we 
can see the Mountain House plainly." 

The clipping is of great interest and after being read by 
all the Wayside Inn staff will be deposited in the Historical file. 

Wednesday, Sept. 13, 1940 Pleasant 

The Chapel is the chief topic of conversation these days 
and questions such as: "Have you heard the bell?" and "How high is 
the steeple?" are buzzing ah >ut. So we were interested today to have 
the new carpet arrive brought from Dearborn by Mr. H. G. Wolfe and 
to be laid by Mr. R. J. Reilly. It looks like old fashioned homespun, 
a deep red color - so typical of the kind used in old New England 
meeting houses. The pattern is a simple design in the same color. 

Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Hagelthorn, young couple from Dearborn 
were here for the night, tonight. Mr. Hagelthorn is secretary to Mr. 
Black. They plan to leave tomorrow for New York. 

Thursday, Sept. 19, 194-0 Pleas- 

A gentleman i ith a large note book joined a group the hostess 
was conducting through the Inn this evening and kept jotting down notes. 

learned that the gentleman is Mr. Paul R. Wendt, Editor of the 
Esso Road News, 21 West Street, New York City. Mr. V^endt showed us the 

England edition of his paper which always contains one feature article 
about some historic place to visit. The other, shorter news items, 
announce art exhibitions, tell you of places to eat etc. It is Mr.Wendt's 
plan to write a feature article on the Inn, illustrating it with pictures 
of the interior and exterior. "But I am very tired tonight, he said, 
"and I'll come back in tw» or three weeks in order to spend more time and 
get more detailed information. I had no idea there was so much to write 
about here.". 

Friday, Spet. 20, 194-0 Pleasant 

Mr. Jimmie Mariner, conductor of the Tauck Tour today had 
given his passengers this problem to solve: 

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Friday Sept. 20 - continued 

man had a dollar to take 100 people 
to the movies 

Children l/lC f each 

Women .02 $ each 

men .15 $ each 
How many of each? 

The thirty odd passengers had struggled with the problem for 
nearly a week, tried it on paper and various other ways, but up to this 
noon the problem had not been solved. So we asked Miss Savage. She is 
a friend of Miss Fishers who is here for a few days from Charlottesville, 
Virginia. . and has a mathematical mind. It took Miss Savage quite a long 
time, but she finally gave the answers as follows: 

70 children 3 l/lO £ .07 

19 women @ .02 $ .38 

11 m en @ .05 <t -55 

100 $1.00 

Saturday, Sept. 21, 194-0 Pleasant 

A luncheon party of interest today was that given by Miss 
Rosalie M. Horr for her father and mother celebrating their 6lst wedding 
anniversary. The Horrs now live in Needham, Mass., but met in South Sud- 
bury where Mr. Hor~ m s born and where Mrs. Horr was teaching school in 
1878. Mr. Horr is now in his 37th year and told us clearly of his early 
life in Sudbury. He remembers playing tag around the Inn which was then 
tenanted by the Dadman family. He remembers a neighborhood prayer meeting 
held in the Parlor of the Inn when a Mr. Johnson Allen and Lizzie Lee who 
had just been married drove up in a buggy. There was a dead pause, every- 
one knew the bridal couple. The minister said: "What do you suggest we 
sing?" The bridegroom answered "The Mistakes of my Life have been many"! 
Sometimes when a boy, Mr. Horr ran around through the house and would play 
with Pompey's pillow. Pompey being the negro dwarf slave owned by Colonel 
Ezekiel Howe. Pompey had long since pased on, but his little bunk in the 
attic and the pillow still remained. 

Mr. Horr's aunt was Mrs. C^lv^in Howe who lived in the house next 
Vycrwd the Inn, now in use as a dormitory for the Boys School. Her n 
was Aletha Brown. "She was married, lived and riled in that house" sj 
Mr. Horr, Calvin's father, Mr. Buckley Howe, lived in the west side of the 
house. He ran the mill which was on the site of our present Grist Mill. 
In those days i J 3 Grist - j nd Saw Mill and the son, Calvin ,later added 
a section for making shoe nails. Calvin was one of 4- boys. B^ Jr. 
went West, another son was an Expressman in Natick and the third a doctor. 

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Saturday, Sept. 21 - continued 

As for Mr. Horr himself, the high spot of his life was a trip to 
Euro j n he was twenty-six years old. "I was anxious to see what i^° 
World was like" he said. He lijided in Cork, Ireland. Did not got to 
Germany, but through the other European countries he ,:ed many miles. 
He walked up Mb. Vesuvius. The whole trip, going and coming, steerage 
class, cost just &4C0.00 . Mr. Horr now owns several pieces which were in 
the Inn originally. They -.ere bought at the Howe auction in 1261. . . 
a desk owned by Lyman Howe, a shoe buckle and a jewel box. Mr. Horr's great 
" iri cle ( mother's fathers brother) Mr. Howe Brown, bought the "sombre" clock 
at the auction. It w^s sold to Mr. Ford by Mr. Horr's motor's couzin, 
Theodore Brown of Dedham, M^ss. 


Sunday,, September 22, 194-0 Very pleasant 

The gala week has started. We call it gala because of the 
holiday spirit in the air and crovrds of people everywhere. Boston is 

acting some 500,000 visitors to the city. The influx has already 
begun. It is the time of the American Legion National Convention 

ch opens today. Last evening our own part in the festivities was 
inauguarated. Busses brought 95 members of the Druu Bugle Corps 
from Bluefields, West Virginia to our door. These youngsters of both 
sexes , ranging in age from 8 to 13 are to make the Inn their home 
during the Convention. They will participate in several parades and 
compete for the championship h'r bhe have held in past years. 
National Champions in 1936 and 1939 - r - big placard on the rear of 
their bus announces. They arrived about 8 o'clock in the evening, re 
for a hearty supper and then to bed in the dormitories vi ive been 

provided. The girls °re to sleep in the Caivin Howe ho hile the boys 
are housedin the old Country store. The 1 ' will eat all meals at the Inn. 

Durin? this afternoon many men and women, passing through on 
their way to the Convention, stopped to see the Inn. The dark blue caps 
of the American Legion, cut like overseas c 'ing the World , 

were prevalent - and ladies of the Legion Auxiliary wore ident/ 
badges. Members of the Fort Dearborn Post, being entertained by the 
local ^ewtonville Post, were shown through the Inn - about 90 in all. 
People -..ere everywhere, in the house, on the lawn, at the School house 
and Chapel and in the Mill. Word spread that the Drum, and Bugle Corps 
were going to give an exhibition at 3 o'clock in th*> field near the 
Calvin House house. Sure enough at 3 d' clock we were there to see 
more crowds of people who came in cars from far -nd near. A good ms^vj 
residents of the town of Sudbury came and several neighbors. Mp. Haynes , 
our dancing master and also Commander of the Legion in Sdubury^ talked to 
the visitors as they assembled. He looked especiall^r straight and. trim 
in his dark blue uniform. The Drum and Bugle Corps put on a fine per- 
formance. Coming from the Coal mining district of West Virginia the 
children wore uniforms (if you would call then such) which were plain 
over-all suits. On their caps were little electric head lights, similar 
to those worn on a miner' s cap. They waited until dark to begin their 
march and their bugles and drums resounded loudly across the broad 
meadowlands as they approached the Ball field. They marched back and 
forth; the little boys end girls keeping step with the older ones and 
beating their drums in perfect time. It was a sight worth seeing. 
After manoeuvreing their lights around in seve^l different formations 
they turned toward the Calvin Howe house while the company clapped their 
hands and cheered. 


Sunday, September 22 - continued 

Some of the boys from the Drum ^nd Bugle 
Corps.. On the right hand end is Billy Price. 

Older boys of the Drum and Bugle Corps. 



Monday, September 23, 1940 

Very pleasant 

The Drum and Bugle Corps do nob wear their over all suits all 
of the time. To.ey have gorgeous dress uniforms, all white ^nd gold. Thes^ 
they donned at an e«rly hour tis morning and were on their way into 
Boston shortly ?fter 7 eL' clock. This morning they competed for th^ 

t.ional Championship. We talked with Billy and Bobby Prince, aged 11 and 
13 respectively, brother s^, "ho are getting a great thrill out of their 
first trip to New England. They are taking their visit quite seriously, 
however. The;/ didn't know whether they had won the championship, but they 
had done their best. Theri southern, Virginia, accent was almost like 
a foreign language, but there was no mistaking their pleasure in being at 
the Wayside Inn. "Sure '- ,r e like it" they said. At the moment they ^ere 
more concerned over tomorrow's parade and their position among the other 
Legion Orurn Corps than air- M, » - ' rig else r n the World. "Have you got one of 
these, lady?" asked Bobt§ '--v^vd us several of these cards. 

About 90 members of the Flint, Michigan Post of the American 
Legion ^nd their wives were conducted through the house today. 


Tuesday, September 24, 1940 


There is a dignity and seriousness about members of the Legion 
who have visited the Inn. We hardly expected them to appear in this 
manner, but the concensus of opinion is that the aspect of the whole 
convention is the same, due to troiiblesome conditions the World over. 
The respect for and interest in the Inn has been noticeable. Those who 
have conp have laid aside the gayer programs of the convention in ^rri-^r 
to take advantage of the opportunity to visit pointsof historic 
interest. many h«ve come ?'ith their wives and families. Tonight. 
L»=gionaires flocked in for dinner and to see the house. We talked ,: ith 

r. John Valentin, graduate of Williams College and now a resident 
of Decatur, Illinois. With him v-ere three men from Minnesota, the 
towns of Marietta, Springfield and -on. In anoi ;a were 

pleased to meet the wife 4 of the Legion Comrr. '<nrio-r in the state of 

■ shington, Mrs. Hazel F. Abdill. She was accompanied by the Depart- 
ment Secretary from the same state. 

Wednesday, September 25, 194-0 


The Legion marches on - ^nd members are still coming to the 
Wayside Inn. The big parade was held yesterday and today nr-ny are 
turning towards home. Since Saturday we have had r, s. house guests 
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew J. KirkpatricJfc* 

WW. U^iUpobVc**- ,. , 

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".esday, September 25, continued 

Mr. Kirkpatrick is a high officer of the Legion. In 
business he is connected with the Pittsburg Plate Glass Company ?nd 
spends a °:ood part of his time in Dearborn. His firm supplies glass 
to the For^ Motor Company. Mr. Kirkpatrick is the contact man 
between the two companies. He is a fine looking fellow. He nnd 
Mrs. Kirkpatrick make a good appearance together, both tall and hand- 
some . They have visited Lexington and Concord while here and 
Mr. Kirkpatrick gave us a list of distinguished Convention guests he 
has met. Among them are: 

Donald DuShane - Prsident of the Nat'l Education 

J. Edgar Ploover - Federal Bureau of Investigation 
General George C. Marshall - Chief of Staff, 

War Department 
General Frank T. Hines - Administrator of Veterans 

Affairs . 

The Drum and Bugle Corps left this evening taking a late 
train b- ck to "Test Virginia. After dinner they gave cheers for 
Ul t. and Mrs. Ford, Mr. Sennott . Mr. Haynes, Agnes and all who had 
made their stay here a memorable occasion. 

Taking it easy 



Thursday, September 26, 1940 Partly cloudy 

This morning the Massachusetts delegation of ^egionaires, 
entertaining the Iowa group brought 95 men and women to see the 
house. But we are having other guests besides the LegionairesI 
As a matter of fact, we had an exceedingly interesting luncheon guest 
this noon - a woman with a great fighting spirit. She has lived one 
hundred years and + oday celebrated her& 101st birthday. Her 
celebration was a .luncheon at the Wayside Inn given by her son Mr. 
Arthur N. Burke, his wife and a niece, Mrs. Fr?n'<- D. Haynes. The 
honor guest was Mr5, Harriet Manning Reynolds. Never do we expect 
to see one nhos. has passed the century mark as hale and hearty and as 
interesting as Ivlr.s Reynolds. She sat in the Parlor like a Museum 
piece, a bit of old lace at her neck and a corsage of orchids 
pinned on her shoulder. u er hat was of the Queen Mary variety and her 
hands folded in her lap - calm, serene and dignified and with more 
poise and grace than many a younger person. H e r eyes twinkled and she 
caught everything that was said, then came b?ck with a witty, brighter 
■mswer. As more and more people gathered around her she announced: 
"I'm just a curiosity now. Thats all I'm good for, just to be shown 
Off. She ate a very hearty dinner, steak and all the fixens. She 
eats eveything and feels well. Her only infirmity is partial blindness. 
Tftien leaving the dining room our waitress expressed the wish and hope 
that Mrs. Reynolds would be with us on her next irirthday. Quick 
as a flash, she answered: "I'll be here if the house is still standing" 
Born in 1S39, - 'rs. Reynolds remembers the Civil War period very 
vividly and says that while she has in her possession a very fine 
letter from the present D resident of the United States, she will vote 
the Republican ticket. 

Mrs. Reynolds via.s born in Providence, Rhode Island and has 
been twice married. Mr. Burke is an only child. Some of her life 
was spent in Connecticut and in later years she has lived with her son 
in Waltham, Mass. At the present time she is residing at the 
Marietta V.orthen Memorial, Bedford, iki ass., a home for the aged. 

Dinner guests this evening included Mr. Robert Lincoln 
O'Brien, former editor of the Boston u erald and personal secretary 
to Grover Cleveland. In Mr. O'Brien's dinr«^ party charming 
English girl, in her 'teens with braided hair, tall, full of en- 
thusiasm, polite and with dddp brown, kindly eyes, - a refugee. 

Friday, September 27, 194-0 Very pleasant 

Members of the American ^egion are thinning out and we are 
getting back to normal. This afternoon and evening were devoted to 
a gathering of the General Sodety of the '7ar of 1312. Thirty men 
from all parts of the country met here for a meeting this afternoon 
followed by a Chapel service in the little Gothic Chapel on the 

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Friday, September 27 - continued 

estate of Mr. Ralph Adams Cram. Mr. Cr phi's house is one of the 
sho 1 - places in Sdubury and adjoining it is a gem of a chapel designed 
by Mr. Cram, one of the foremost architects in the United States. 
After the service, the convention again met at the Inn for a dinner 
party - held on the Porch. Among those present were several dis- 
tinguished looking Army of f icei* in uniform. T^e were told that the 
President General of the Society, Colonel Frederick G. Bauer was 
present. Also Colonel Henry J. Beardsley of Connecticut and Colonel 
Phlander Retts of New Jersey, a past president. Mrs. Percy Shelly, 
National Commander of the Daughters of 1312 was also here. 

Saturday j September 23, 194-0 Very pleasant 

Today was a day of days. In the small dining room we 
Entertained eighty women; past and present Presidents of Women's 
Clubs in the 13th Massachusetts District. This was a pretty party and 
in keeping with the atmosphere of the Inn. Flowers of pastel shades 
a downed the tables and favor s were tiny dolls of the same light 
colors. After lundheon the company adjourned to the Small "all 
room where a talk was given or old dolls. The lady who presented it 
told us that hers was not a dell collection, but just members of her 
own family, dolls which she had played with when a child. She 
brought them with her and had a story for each. 

In the large dining room at the same time over one hundred 
guests attending the Rice family reunion were served. This makes the 
third consecutive year they have met here and as usual a business 
"ie°tinp preceded and followed the luncheon. Deacon Edmund Rice was 
one of the first settlers of Sudbury and shared in the division of land 
in tiis historic town. 

The most important event of this day was the wedding this 
afternoon in th< yside Inn Chapel. It marked the first opening of 
the building to the Inn family and outside guests. The day was perfect, 
cool and crisp with a blue sky overhead. As the guests slowly wound 
thei'"' r up the curved bricV walk, all eyes were on the beautiful 
straicture ahead. There it stood, a clear cut profile on the blue 
horizon - its mass of white symbolic of purity and its steeple 
rising towards Heaven to remind us of higher things. Passing between 
two Corinthian columns and under the front porti <-"->, " r ° entered. All 
was quiet. People were speaking in whispers. An usher offered his a: 
For a minute we "ere confused. Could it be here at th ide Inn, 
where our life is informal and devoted to the school the guests etc., 
that we have this pl a c° to rest, to be apart, to meditate? Then we 
were conscious of the beauty of* the interior, not c part separately, 
not the white pews o r the pulpit or the windows, but tl 
You fe< 1 nd remember Him to whom it is dedicated. As we sat 

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"iber 23, continued 

there, soft organ music played and we looked beyond organ ?nd 
organist to ' singel boquet of pink gladioli and lavender field .-s 
against the thr in the rear. Thro - 

the af1 _ 3 of tall pine he 

Chapel itself stands alone surrounded, b ive rocks and rills and 
wooded hills. It is not crowded i other buildings. 

looked at the people who ha .ored there on this b<= " fter- 
noon we fel 4 " r; person, too, w« f, was 

his own soul. 

The bell tolled. The famili ngrin 

\ - Lster , gi 

before the altar. Then from the rear a bride on the arm of 

her brother and her i , s matron of honor. The servir- brief. 
Reverend Leslie Barrett, minister of the Cong 'ch in 

Sudbur slowly Lnctly. The bride and bridegro- 

of th ' g servi' -ession and sincere 3 

It was solemn but not sad. Mrs. Jan e Bennei , other of the bri . 

-hes in our Sou 4 . School, <° n the aisle. Sh" lot 
smiling. very r lone. 0v r Lde Inn CI j . 

over. Th Fr r.ces Russell Bennett. The grocy • 
George Harold r, Jr. 




Sunday, September 29, 194-0 Pleasant 

The front screen door opened and closed all through this 
long afternoon as guests came in to have dinner, to see the house and 
to partake of Wayside Inn hospitality. As they left, many told us of 
their enjoyment at being here. Best of all was what a middle aged gentle- 
man said: "Thank you for a lovely few hours. Its a different 
atmosphere. Something we all need." 

An early morning riser was Miss Gladys Kennedy from Chicago 
who stayed overnight on her way to visit Winooski, Vermont. Winooski is 
a Mill town near Burlington on the Winooski River. The name is Indian, 
meaning Onion. Miss Kennedy's great grandfather lived in Winooski 
before the War of 1812. After it, he took up his "Claim" in Wisconsin 
p^^ founded there a town which he called Winooski. In this way Winooski , 
Wisconsin came into being. 

Monday, September 30, 1940 Pleasant 

A wonderful story of self-sacrifice and thoughtfulness of 
others was told this afternoon by a guest, Mrs. W. A. Bade, 6226 Kenmore, 
Chicago, Illinois. Mrs. Bade is slightly hard of hearing and devotes all 
of her time - in fact all of her life, to writing letters to shut-ins, 
people who are confined to their rooms or beds. They live in every nook 
and corner of the United States. Mrs. Bade writes 116 letters every 
week, sends 224. meneographed letters every two weeks and in the meantime, 
from her list of 4.00 sick people, she remembers birthdays or special 
occasions with a card. Mrs. Bade started with a list of 5 shut-ins. 
Names piled up like flakes on a snow ball. Its grown to be a regular 
business. Mrs. Bade allots part of her time to one phase of the work, 
part to another. She knows exactly how many letters she can do and never 
has more or less people on her list than she can handle. She travels to 
interesting places, then writes about her trip, tells her shut-ins where 
whe has been, what she has seen etc. One of her "patients" complained 
because he said: "You have left me out in the middle of the ocean. Please 
send the next letter soon.". 

Tuesday, October 1, 1940 Cloudy, rain 

A story of Longfellow and how his picture was carried from 
Vermont to Seattle was told today by one of our guests. The picture 
was moved in the days when people loaded their belongings on a frieght 
car and sent them by railroad. Today huge motor vans do the same thing. 
Anyway, Longfellow's picture found a new home in the state of Washington 
and has been ther ever since. Our guest told us that her grandfather 
owned the picture when he lived in Vermont. Evidently he cherished it 
and thought enough of it to transport it clear across a continent. 



Wednesday, October 2, 194-0 Very pleasant 

Two men from Dearborn, Mr. W. . B. Foster and Mr. L. F. Wilbur 
have been putting an organ in our chapel. It is the very best made 
Hammond organ. Miss Fisher has played it and reports a beautiful tone. 
It completes the Chapel, 'i'o hear the deep tones of an organ in the 
quiet of that single room, stirs one f s heart and soiO . It brings 
more beauty there, an even more religious spirit. The Martha - Mary Chapel 
is drawing more people near it every day. They look up from parked cars 
or walk to tis entrance - all with a deep feeling of reverence. 

Thursday, October 3, 1940 Pleasant 

There is no let up this year. Usually when Summer tourists 
drop off, we have time to plan Winter activities and to do odd jobs which 
have been put aside throu the busy warm months. Now, however, we are 
practically as busy as in the Summer. Guests come in constantly. Today 
the Dorchester Womens Club, one section if it - numbering 26, was here 
for luncheon. 

Friday, October 4, 194.0 Pleasant 

A huge Birthday cake, made in our own kitchen and decorated 
with a white icing and pink candles was placed before Mr. Arthur C. 
Tauck at noon time today. Today's Tauck Tour marks their 300th New 
England tip. All along the way this particular group has been feted 
by the hotels where they regularly stop. In Boston Mr. Tauck was 
greeted bv the official city greeter representing the Mayor. Here at 
the Inn, we planned a simple celebration; the cake. Written in pink on 
its large round surface were the words "Tauck - 300th - Tour". Mr. Tauck 
was surprised. He smiled like a 5 year old cutting his first large cake. 
And, as is customary, he blev, ->ut the candles - all with one breath. 
Then he graciously and generously cut a piece for each Tauck guest; pre- 
senting the very first slice to Mr. Joseph Greenwood, driver of the motor 
coach. Everyone clapped . Joe is popular. H e is quiet and gentlemanly; 
the guests like him. He is the Pet Pupil at the Redstone School when 
the Taucks "play" school. lid r. Tauck expressed hearty thanks to Mr. 
Sennott and to all who share in making the Taucks stop here a very pleas- 
ant part of their New England trip. 

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Friday, October 4. - continued 

Mr. Arthur C. Tauck 
Tauck Tours 

Mr . Tauck •-•- L t>h some of 
his toiurists 

Joe Greenwood in 
left rear 



Saturday, October 5, 1940 Pleasant 

"Ten Acre" is a private shcool for young girls Capprox- 
imately 8 - 14 years) near Wellesley, Massachusetts. Every year a 
group of the girls come here for luncheon. Today there were 55 of 
them including three or four teachers. 'Tiey were conducted through 
the Inn, ate luncheon, then went to the Redstone School house where 
Miss Staples told about Mary and her lamb. The girls S'^med to like the 
school better than anything else. 'Aiey sat in the little seats, on 
the desks and in the teacher's chair and listened attentively. When the 
story was over, we learned that we had entertained "pupils" from England 
Mexico, and South America. "She is a sweet child and so anxious to learn" 
said the head mistress as she pointed to a child refugee from England 
with light complexion and hair braided and tied with ribbons. Next the 
company walked to the Chapel. The girls rushed in, talked, laughed, ran 
to the gallery. The head mistress entered. Sr*> proceeded to the center 
of the middle aisle. . "Girls", she said quietly * please remember 
where you are and to Whom tUs building is dedicated* . There was immediate 
silence. And for what seemed fully five minutes there was not a sound 
in the Martha - Maiy Chapel. 

Another group today which enjoyed the Inn, the school and the 
Chapel fully as much as the girls, was the Tabenacle Society from the 
church of St. Francis de Sales in Charlestown. Mothers and women of the 
church numbering around 50 spent the afternoon here after luncheon served 
in the large dining room. It was a bright, Autumn day. The Millwood Hunt, 
very striking on chestnut brown saddle horses and with the hounds barking 
at their feet rode through the Inn property. They found an appreciative 
audience waving from the front step of the Inn - including the women 
from Charlestown. This group stayed 'Till nearly dark - 5 o'clock- then 
they boarded busses which carried them back to crowded houses in a dull 



Sunday, October 6, 194-0 Very pleasant 

The following note which appeared on a post card received 
at the Inn yesterday is self explanatory and tells the reader who 
some of our guests were on this glorious Autumn Sunday. 

" Dear Friends, 

Elinor Gibbons, Grade 7 

Juli« ^aytula » " 

Joseph Duorak " " 

Edward Scheveir M " 

Anna Fiori " 6 

Arline Momra " " 
and teacher Ruth S. Anderson 
will, on Sunday Oct. 6th 
visit Longfellow's Wayside 
Inn at about eleven A. M. 

All but one child are new visitors 
to the Inn. Anna Fiori visited the 
Inn last year. 

Sincerely yours, 

Ruth S. Anderson " 

Monday, October ,£, 1940 Very pleasant 

Several other school groups have visited the Inn recently. 
Miss deMille tells us of a splendid group of girls from the Pine Manor 
School at Wellesley - numbering 35. This is a preparatory school for 
Wellesley College. On September 26th the hostesses conducted two 
sections of the So. Lancaster Academy through the Inn. About 65 boys 
and girls. The next day 4.8 pupils from the Stafford Springs, Connecticut 
High School were here. Last on the list, a group which came today 
was the History Club of the South High School in Worcester - 30 pupils. 

Tuesday, October <§T, 1940 Warm 


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Tuesday, October & - continued 

First wedding in the Martha-Mary Chapel 
The Bride. ?»•»««•<* * ^ 3 11 Bennett 

a, George Harold Walker, Jr. 

The interior of the Chapel on the eventful afternoon 

September 28, 1940 


Tuesday, October <7 - continued 

Our 101 year old lady 
Mrs. Harriet Manning Reyi. 
See Diary Sept. 26, 1940 



Wednesday, October 9, 194-0 Pleasant 

Catching up on Diary news we find the following items which 
should be recorded. 

On Sunday September 29, Mrs. H. M. Elms of N e w Britan, Connecticut 
introduced herself as the grandaughter of Samuel Otis Parmenter. 
Samuel Otis lived in the small white house near the sheep barn on 
Dutton Road. "I lcred to visit ray grandfather. It was such a pretty 
place where he lived " said Mrs. Elms. The house is now a part of the 
Inn property and is occupied by Miss Staples and her mother. 

Mrs. M. B. Sherman, 1 Park Place, Jamaica Plain, Mass., a guest in 
the early Summer has in her possession stockings which belonged to 
Mary Sawyer. Mary's married name "Mary Tyler" is to be found on one of 
the stockings. The stockings wero given by "ary to a Catherine Beaton. 
She worked for Miry and later became Mrs. Daniel Munroe. 

George Matthew Adams who has a syndicated newScolumn which appears 
in newspapers all over the United States finds a chance to mention the 
Wayside Inn every now and then. Once he had a whole column about it. On 
September 30thhis column was titled "Weathered Spots". In it a paragraph 
was given to the Inn. His next to the last paragraph is this: 

"Weathered spots - weathered with the courage, 
patience, and vision of those who expect each 
of us to prove our mettle as well - amlto 
worthily carry on." 

It will be remembered that Mr. Adams presented the Inn with an 
etching of Longfellow done by Alphonse Legros. This now hangs in the 
front hallwcy. 

Thursday, October 10, 194-0 Very pleasant 

The National Association of Marketing Officials are holding a 
convention in Boston and today brought 46 of their guests from 20 differ- 
ent states to see the Inn and to have luncheon here. They arrived in a 
Bus from Bellows Falls, Vermont where they spent last night. It seems 
that they have toured Maine, Mew Hampshire and Vermont as part of their 
convention program. They ate sea food in Maine, native Turkey in Vermont 
and here they were treated to old fashioned roast beef. We learned a 
little about the organization. They are state employees who help in 
standardizing farm products, regulate laws about eggs, feed and fertilizers, 
They assist the farmer in putting his produce on the market. Their 
offices are generally in the State House. From here the party drove to 
the "arvard College Yard where a guide met them to point owf places of 
interest there. 

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Thursday October 10, 1940 - continued 

Descendants of the Howe family come from far and near "proud of 
ttelr name and race". Today we met Miss Milfred W. Howe from 
Leominster, Massachusetts. Her father, who died about 3 years ago, 
was owner of the Leominster Enterprise, the local newspaper., Since 
his death Miss Howe has become more and more interested in the family 
geneology. She wanted to know if she was related to the Wayside Inn 
Howes. We showed her our Howe material and afte^ working half an hour 
Miss Mildred discovered her connection with Sairuel Howe, builder of 
the Inn. Miss Howe has received some Howe information from other 
sources. For instance she told us that the Howes originally came from 
the Artie Circle In Norway to France in the year 800 A. D. staying 
until 1066 when the N rmas invaded England. Another item we found of 
interest was that the General in Command of the Union Artillery at the 
Battle of Gettysburg was a Howe. 

Friday, October 11, 194-0 Pleasant 

Two or three days have passed since the arrival of Mr. Bryan. 
We had word that a Mr. W. G. Bryan was coming - a relative of the famous 
William Jennings. But sine becoming acquaintec 1 with our ^r. Bryan we 
have found the report to be untrue, ^r. Bryan is tall, slender with 
snow white hair, distinguished in appearance. Some of our guests have 
asked his name. Mr. Bryan is here for a rest and plans to stay at 
least a week - perhaps longer. He is editor of a paper called "The 
Villager" which he publishes in Greenwich Village, New York. It deals 
with all the good things about the village according to M r. Bryan. "I 
never print murders or the unpleasant things in life" he said, tte is 
a quiet spoken, gentle sort of person - always polite and not hard to 

Saturday, °ctober 12, 194-0 Pleasant 

We are not certain exactly how many years the Brigham family 
have been holding reunions here, but it is several years. The 
Brighams are numerous in this vicinity. The^r are linked up with Rice 
and Howe families and the Inn is a fitting place for them to meet. 
They came today - over a hundred strong, had luncheon and a meeting 
afterwards in the large Ball room. 

The foliage is attracting many autumn visitors to the Inn. 
Patches of brilliant red here and there and the reflection of the 
yellow, orange and DSwn colors in ponds and brooks is too beautiful 
to describe. "Nature has covered the trees with a paisley shawl" 
soraewpne said. Every year we say is the best - better colorings than 
ever before. But this year the trees do seem especially pretty. 
Three artists were at work here today, two at the Mill and one in the 
Garden . 


Sunday, October 13, 1940 Pleasant 

Yesterday was Columbus Day, making this a holiday 
week-end. We have had hundreds of people here. First this morning 
was a charming elderly couple from Fergus Falls, Minnesota and they 
gave us some particularly important information- T hey told us that 
friends of theirs ir Fergus Falls, Dr. and M rs. W. L. Burnap are owners 
of the sword which Colonel Ezekiel Howe carried to Concord on the 
19th of April in 1775. Later it hung over the mantle shelf in the 
Parlor. Longfellow saw it there and tells about it in the Prelude to 
the Tales of a Wayside Inn. ^he sword is the only Parlor item mentioned 
by Longfellow which has not come back. It strayed away at the auction. 
We hope more than words can say that someday the sword will rest for- 
ever in its immortal place over the Parlor fire. Dr. Burnap has other 
Howe pieces including a chest of drawers. 

Monday, u ctober L4, 194-0 Pleasant 

The household is recovering today from the tremendous 
crowds we entertained yesterday. Never was the holiday more perfect 
for a country outing. Old and young took advantage of the good 
weather and the opportunity to visit a National shrine. 

Tonight the boys held a kind of practice Chapel service. 
Mr. La vers, instructor at the school, played the organ while Mr. Young 
headmaster, directed the singing. The order of service of the Martha- 
Mary Chapel in Greenfield v illage was followed. 

Tuesday, 0ctoberl5, 194-0 Pleasant 

Mrs. R. M. Smith, house guest, confided in Miss deMille 
this morning that her friend, Mrs A. V. Drummond who is staying here 
too, is a famous English actress. *W stage name was Pauline Chase. 
She played "Peter Pan" in James M. Barrie ' s immortal work for 8 years 
in the Duke of York's Theatre, London. In 1914-, Miss Chase gave up 
her stage career to marry Captain Drummond. He was the English rep- 
resentative of the same firm with which M r . Smith was associated. 
The two men were very good friends. They spent many happy times to- 
gether with their families. Then, svddenly, both men died within p 
year of each other. Our house guests are widows. M rs . Smith lives in 
Rye, New York. Mrs. Drummond has three children; two are in this 
country adopted by Americans for the duration of the War. The oldest 
daughter is staying in England taking charge of the large estate which 
Mrs. Drummond callshome. Tonight sheshowed us pictures of her home. 
She was so young and girlish about it and pleased that we wanted to 
see them. She is girlish looking, too. Wears a pink ribbon on her 

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short blond hair and low heeled shoes and bright socks like an English 
school girl. She is not tall and striking in appearance but we were 
conscious of a soft, melodious voice. We asked her about Berrie and she 
told us that he wrotf the part of Columbine in "Pantaloon" especially 
for her. "Once we were lunching together", said Mrs. Drummond "I sighed 
and said: '0, if I were only ten years youngei ! ' "But you are I" 
answered tha famous playwright. Mrs. Drummond did not leave England 
until July. She came on the ship "Monarch of Bermuda" and we heard in- 
directly that she was allowed to bring only sixty dollars. She told us 
that she experienced many air raids. She learned to identify British 
and German planes by the sound of their motors. 

Wednesday, October 16, 194-0 Pleasant 

Today iiarkss an event of National importance and historical 
interest, ^t is the conscription of men in the United States between 
the ages of 21 and 36. This is a measure designed to protect Peace and 
Democracy at a time when the rights of the people ~nd all that 
Democracy stands for are threatened. An enrollment of men to carry 
arms in peace time is not new. It was the custom in Nev. r England 300 
years ago. 

Tall, beautifully dressed Wellesley girls came for dinner this 
evening. They wore formal evening gowns and al? belonged a certain 
Greek letter society. Dinner as served to 35 on the porch. In the 
large dining room at about the same time 205 members of the Firnabank 
Club of Boston assembled for a Roast Beef dinner. They were all women 
employees of the First National Bank. Before dinner was served, large 
groups saw the house, directed by a hostess. After dinner a meeting 
was held in the large Ball room. 

Mr. and Mrs. Charles C. Cook of .'inthrop, Mass. came for 
luncheon today in celebration of theii 57th Wedding anniversary. 
Mr. Cook spoke of "sugaring off" when a boy and remembers very vividly 
a cold winter night when he had to boil down the sap. All night long 
he sat watching the stove and in between times ran his eyes down the 
pages of Robinson Crusoe. His boyhood home was Warwick, Mass. 

Thursday, October 17, 194-0 Cold 

Two executives of the Borden Milk Company were her for over- 
night tonight. They were Mr. R. V. Jones and Mr. R. D. Wooster. 
Mrs. Jones was here also. A}.}, three toured the house and came to the 
Bar for books and post cards. "We use close to 8,000 Ford cars in 
our business", %. Jones informed the hostess. 



Friday, October 18, 1940 Partly cloudy 

Dancir?? classes are in full swing for the Winter season. 
Guests from Wisconsin enjoyed the class this evening. 

Mr. and ^s. Wm. K. Hailing of San Francisco had a pleasant 
chat with Mr. Bryan this evening. j4 r. Bryan is making himself at home 
sits by the fires, reads and sometimes talks with the guests. The 
Hallings told about a day spent at Greenfield Village. They started 
early in the morning from Detroit, had lunch at the Dearborn Inn and 
didn't leave 'till late afternoon. Mr. Hailing is wearing Greenfield 
Village socks; socks made there. He can buy 3 pairs for a dollar and 
likes them because they are thin, yet warm. Perhaps it is a little 
bit of sentiment too. They are the kind he marched in during the 
World War. 

Saturday, October 19, 1940 Partly cloudy 

Bicycles were parked in the front drive -way this afternoon, 
The owners were Wellesley College girls. Six peddled over from the 
college and made the trip in 2 hours. It reminds us of the "Good old 
Days" we hear so much about from our guests. *any tell us of coming 
here from Wellesley during the gay nineties period" on a "Bicycle 
built for two". 


Sunday, October 20, 1940 Pleasant 

Deaths of three Wayside Inn friends have occurred recently. All 
three knew the Inn well. First, was the death on October 2 of Mr. F. 0. 
Stanley, co-inventor of the Stanley Steamer automobile. He died at his 
home, 337 Waverly AvenueNewton, Mass. He and his brother Francis together 
built the famous automobile, ■''hey found their inspiration for the machine 
in an electric and steam creation which they had seen at the Brocton Fair. 
Soon they discovered that other people wanted steamers. And when they sold 
their interests in 1917 they had built 10,000 cars. Mr. Stanley used to 
come to the Inn several times a year. In more recent times, he being unable 
to come, his daughter has carried on his interest in the old house. 

The death of Sir Silfred Thomason Grenfell came as a shock on 
October 9» He was 75 years old. The whole World knows of the great work done 
by Sir Wilfred in Lavorador, how since 1892 he has built hospitals and 
nursing Stations, orphanges, schools and co-operative stores for the Eskimos, 
Indians and fishermen of ^aborador and morhtern Newfoundland. Lady Grenfell 
died a little less than two years ago. It was shortly before ler death in 
Boston that Sir Wilfred came to the Inn two or three times. He appeared to be 
in ill health himself, but as he stood in front of the old kitchen fire he 
talked long and feelingly abou. the industries he had comparatively recently 
established in his adopted country. He told of th^ Eskimo women doing the 
finest kind of needlework and of children working a*, looms, weaving and othe r 
handcrafts. In 1929 Sir Wilfred and Lady Grenfell visited the Inn in company 
with Mr. and ^rs. Ford and stayed several days. 

A lover of ^ew England and its traditions and more especially of 
its early lighting devices was Mr. Arthur H. H a yward author of the book 
"Colonial Lighting". . . published by Little, Brown and Company in 1927. 
Mr. Hayward died on Saturday, October 12. His interest in and fondness for 
the Inn is evident in the two copies of his book which he presented to the 
Inn library. 

Monday, October 21, 194-0 Pleasant 

A new book of verse has just been published. It is written by 
(Prace Sewell Winslow and is called "Wayside Inn and other poems". Mrs. 
Winslow has, from time to time, published poems about the Inn. We remember 
one in particular which she wrote in the old Garden. Her poems are generally 
printed in the Boston Post under the title "Poems for your Scrap Book". 
Mrs. Winslow comes to the Inn quite frequently and has known Miss deMille for 
several years. She is a gentle, kindly person and. in her poems are often 
found beautiful lines which you want to remember. A book reviewer speaks of 
Mrs. Winslow* s poems as verses of home, love, nature and other subjects close 
to the heart of every reader. 

Tuesday, October 22, 1940 Pleasant 

Three times Longfellow mentions the spinet in the Pirlor. First he 
speaks of the firelight on the "old spinet' 3 ivory keys" . Next he calls the 
instrument a "Harpsichord" and refers to it after the Musician has smilfed and 

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Tuesday, October 22 - continued 

bowed. He says: 

"The wood fire clapped its hands of flame 
The shadows on the wainscot stirred 
And from the harpsichord there came 
A ghostly murmur of acclaim". 

The third time the spinet is mentioned by the poet is in Part 111. 
Here he has the Young Sicilian urge the Spanish Jew to give up story 
telling for the night. After which the young Sicilian "went - 

And on the Spinet's rattling keys 

Played Marianina like a breeze 

From Naples and the Southern seas." 

The same spinet is here. For years it has been gone, sold out at auction 
in 1361. Now - after a trip to Dearborn and back - it has arrived. Tomorrow 
it will be placed in the Parlor where it used to be. l t was played upon and 
owned by Jerusha, Lyman Howe's iaster. She was the belle of Sudbury, better 
educated than most girls of her time, but never married. The spinet was the 
first musical instrument of its kind in the town. It was a curiosity then. 
Years passed. The upright and grand pianos took its place. It is a curiosity 
now. We can hardly wait to see how it looks in ita very first home. May it 
abide here forever ! 

Wednesday, October 23, 194-0 Pleasant 

The spinet is inclined to overshadow all other news of the week. We 
are still talking about the Chapel, however, as very important news. A wide 
sweep of green lawn has been laid in front of the white building and rolls 
down to the stone wall at the edge of the road. This further enhances the 
beauty of the Chapel. As we walked along Dutton Road early this morning, 
the steeple loomed up in the sky, steady and seiene, proud of its position 
and the part itplays in the lives of all who see it. You can't pass it without 
something pulling at your heart and soul. The boys in the school go by it 
three or four times a day - learning, working, growing. Sixteen little 
children laugh and play, read and write, in its shadow. So we say the Chapel 
itself has a work to do, a duty to fulfill. 

Thursday, October 24, 1940 Pleasant 

'■'•'he spinet is in place - just the right place. Atnnight the fire- 
light "on the old spinet's ivory keys, plays inaudible melodies". It has 
changed the whole character of the Parlor, given warmth to the room. You 
want to stay in the room. The spinet is like a friend who invites you to come 
in. Heretofore the Parlor was uninteresting, cold. It rests in a corner 
where the desk used by Daniel Webster formerly stood. But Daniel Webster has no 
special connection with the Inn. The spinet belongs here. It seems as if 
all through the years it had wanted to be here and ir gl q -i to get back. The 
room was not right without it. Now, all is well. To , we have a beautiful 
writing desk to replace ^aniel W e bst^s'. 1 t is a slant top walnut piece 
with especially fine interior wood work. It was used by ^ongellow. 

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The whole room breathes of ^or.gfellow ana thegroup he pictured in it. 
How easily we can imagine them here. No words are necessary, no 
explanations or apologies. The spirit of thee room as the poet caught 
it has returned. 

Friday, October 25, 1940 Pleasant 

Guests who found the Inn of special interest today vrere 
Mrs. Frank G. Bailey and her daughter Miss M argaret M. Bailey from 
Dearborn. Mr. Bailey, who is in charge of all building operations of the 
Ford Motor Company, is at the Somerville Plant on a buriness visit. His 
wife and daughter are spending their time looking up places of historical 

Saturday, October 26, 1940 Pleasant 

Our very first old Kitchen dinner of the season was served this 
evening to 15 guests. They were friend of Mrs. Donald Smith of 
Wellesley who entertained in this ?/ey after the u arvard - Dartmouth foot- 
ball game, ^-he grorp arrived in plenty of time to see and smell a roast of 
beef cooking on the spit. What a delicious sight coming in from a cold 
afternoon on the bleachers'. Old and young hovered around the cook as she 
basted the meat and lifted the lid from the iron pot to see if potatoes 
were done. Cider was passed and popcorn, provided by the hostess, filled 
large pewter bowls. After everyone had partaken of soup, roast beef, vegetables , 
salad and Indian pudding, there was still room for a large red apple from the 
old burl bowl in the center of the table. 

Members of the Quincy Historical Society numbering UU held a meeting 
and Tea here this afternoon. 



Sunday, October 27, 1940 

Partly cloudy 

We were interested today in learning about a model of a 
bicycle cultivator owned by ^r. E. G. Hudson. His father Mr. Samuel 
Terry Hudson invented this mechanism and had it patented in the 
1880* s. People familiar with the workings of an automobile will 
recognize this device as a part which has to do with steering a car. 
Our guest lives in Winthrop, Maine where he keeps the model. Speaking 
on a different subject, Mr. Hudson said that in his boyhood, the family 
went for weeks without white bread. Corn bread was the customary ingred- 
ient used in baking. 

Monday, October 28, 194-0 


The recent Book Fair in Boston brought out the daughter of 
Louis Prang, Mrs. Rosa Prang Heinzer. She is pictured in a Boston paper, 
a lady 87 years old. We are interested because we have a very fine Prang 
cromo-lithograph of the Wayside Inn. It is a Fall scene. The view is 
from the west side showing the broken line of the gambrel roof. Trees are 
a brilliant yellow and orange. The original painting was done by Thomas 
Hill. Prang made a name and reputation for himself in Boston during the 
last century by printing the cromos, a picture which looks very much like 
an origina 1 oil painting. The subjects and artists chosen were the best 
and Mr. Prang's work became very popular. Our Prang can be seen at the top 
of the front stairway in the upper hall. 

Tuesday, October 29, 1940 

The Longfellow 
desk, now in the 
Parlor of the 


Above the 
desk are 
of the 

characters in 
the "Tales" 


Tuesday, October 29 - continued 

The original Spinet 'mentioned 
by Longfellow in the Tales of a Wayside Inn, 


Wednesday, Ocrober 30, 194-0 Pleasant 

A new idea came to us today when we overheard a guest say 
to his friend: "I thought you would like to see the Inn because there 
is not another one like ti anywhere . v> No there's not another one like it. 
That is why it is so necessary to preserve it. Like a rare piece of 
glass or china , it cannot be replaced. We know of many od nouses and 
Inns too, which date back to pre-Revolutionary times, but where will you 
find another with five generations of Howes as Innkeepers, another 
Colonel Ezekiel, patriot and Inn k eeper or another Lyman with his tele- 
scope peering into the heavens ? What poet has ever described an Inn so 
beautifully ? Where can you find an Inn which has welcomed travellers 
for over two hundred years and is still doing so ? This is beginning to 
sound like an intelligence quiz. So we could go on asking many 
questions, but after all there is only one answer - one Wayside Inn. 

Thursday, October 31, 194-0 Pleasant 

A gentleman from the U. S. Chamber of Commerce came into the 
Bar room this noon on a strictly business mission. He stopped long enough, 
however, to look at the Revolutionary musket. He noticed the bayonet and 
told us that once upon a time, when in a desert in Arizona, he picked up 
a bayonet exactly like the one attached to our gun. "How do you suppose it 
got way out there ?" he asked. We suggested covered wagon days. 

Friday, November 1, 194-0 Pleasant 

The dancing class was held this evening, but not as usual. 
Tonight the Ball room was transformed into a spooky Hallowe'en room and 
the boys and girls were gransformed into almost every character imaginable. 
There were prominent men in Hisoty, farmers, Hitler, negros, monkeys, 
and votes for Willdie. Willkie took first prize for the girls. A good 
many dinner guests looked on and thoroughly enjoyed the gaiety. Commander 
and Mrs. Morse who are staying for the week-end gave an Old Kitchen dinner 
party for eight and all adjourned to the Ball-room. Around 10 1' clock 
doughnuts and cider were served. 

Saturday, November 2, 194-0 Rain 

The Margesons have a camp near Sudbury where they come in the 
Summer and entertain friends. We often hear guests say: "The 
Margesons told us to come here.". We know the Margesons quite well and 
have met their family of 4- children. We see the children about once a 
year. Its an event when they come. They are lively and want to know about 
everything all at once. Last evening Mr. and Mrs. Margeson were here for 
dinner and told us that the children speak of the Inn as "that old fashioned 
house". They see old things and exclaim: "That's like they have in the 
old fashioned house". 

Several of our house guests attended the Harvard-Princeton 
football game today in a down pour of rain. They came back with dripping 
overcoasts and blankets and were glad to toast their toes before the open fires, 



Sunday, Novemve- 3, 194-0 Pleasant 

House guests staying the week-end are Mr. and Mrs. Henry 
Wilds Smith of Lee, Mass. with their daughter, a$ student at 
the Walnut Hill School and Mr. Smith's mother. Other guests are 
Commander and Mrs. Morse from New London, Conn, with their parrot 
and dog. The Smiths and Morse families have met and are congenial. 
We overheard a conversation between Mr. Smith and Mrs. Morse this 
morning . They were stnding in the old dining room and remarks like 
thisewere heard. "I can't think of a nicer place to stay" - "We 
don't think of the Inn as an Inn, but as another home 'J - "When we 
come we feel as if we were coming home". 

Monday, November 4., 134.0 Pleasant 

Chapel exercises started this noon at quarter of twelve. 
When the bell rings we know that children from the Mary Lamb and 
Southwest Schools are assembling. The boys are hurrying from all 
parts of the estate to take their places - one to conduct the services, 
others to recite, a poem or something appropriate for the time and 
place. Miss Fisher walks down from the Inn and plays the organ. 
Hymns are sung. We hope in the future to have some of our guests help 
fill the pews and make an audience for the children who prepare the 
services with much care and thought. 

Tuesday, November 5, 194-0 Cloudy 

This day ifs historical. The American people decide who is 
to be President of the United States, Wendell Willkie or Franklin D. 
Roosevelt. Sudbury voters cast their ballots at the Town Hall. Em- 
ployees of the Inn voted in their home towns either early in the morn- 
ing or after the days work. 

The Betty Lamp in the old kitchen reminded a guest today of 
a visit to Germany years ago. For a lamp she was given a cup filled 
with water, a little bit of oil floating on the top and a rag for a wick. 
This she carried to her room at night. It burned just long enough for 
her to prepare for bed. 

Wednesday, November 6, 194-0 Cloudy 

A recent guest was the Reverend W. T. Townsend of Pawtucket, 
R. I. who gave Miss Fisher some interectihgpiary news. His family 
founded Halifax and he remembers his grandmother spinning at a little 
wheel so that she couIM git down. The large wheels were for the younger 
girls who could move faster. Mr. Townsend also remembers watching all the 

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old dances and one group dancing the Virginia Reel so fast their faces 
looked blurred. When Mr. Townse&ri was a little boy, as a punishment for not 
knowing his lesson he was made to write "Mary Had a Little Lamb". The 
best story was about Mr. Townsed's grandmother. She was dressing for a 
party as a young girland the tinder wouldn't burn fast enough so she put some 
gun powder in the box, according to custom. But she used too much in her 
hasted and was thrown across the room. Her bangs we e burned off and 
she couldn't go to the party. 

Thursday, November 7, 194-0 Pleasant 

Two gentlemen from the Works Progress Administration, Historical 
Research Division, have been working here 2 days making a record of our 
manuscripts. They copy historical deeds, letters, receipts, bills etc. in 
original handwriting. We have a small collection in comparison with reg- 
ular libraries and historical societ les. A survey of all such records in 
the state is to be made and published. The men working here are Mr. E. F. 
Symonds and his assistant Mr. Theodore Ventura. 

Friday, November 8, 194-0 Pleasant 

When Dr. van Schaick was preparing his material for the 
"Characters in the Tales of a Wayside Inn" he had difficulty in finding 
much information about Henry Ware Wales, the Student. Last Monday we 
gleaned some interesting facts from a grand nephew of the Student, Mr. 
Thomas B. Wales of 44- Kilsyth Road, Brookline, Mass. He is the 4-th 
Thomas Beale in line from Thomas Beale Wales who was brother of our Henry 
Ware Wales. First in America was Nathaniel Wales who came in 1635 • Two 
sons followed «ho settled in Braintree, Mass. the South parish, now 
Randolph, Mass. The name Nathaniel was carried through three generations 
then came Deacon Thomas Wales who married Ann Beale. Thomas Beale Wales 
their son and great grandfather of our guest, was a wealthy shipping 
merchant in Boston. The Wales Warf was near where the South Station now 
stands. Wales had a fleet of clipper ships and made a great deal of money. 
Henry Ware Wales the brother and Student in the Tales, was also a very 
wealthy man and spent much of his time in European travel. 

Saturday, November 9, 194-0 Very pleasant 

A quiet group of about 20 Girl Scouts chose the Wayside Inn for 
a Saturday outing and came under the direction of Mrs. Nott of Belmont. 
They were guided through the house, then filed into the dining room where 
cocoa and sandwiches were served. One of the hostesses overheard a green- 
gray clad youngster remark spontaneously as she stood on the £ront step 
waiting to leave. .. "Wasn't it a grand afternoon I" 

Two tall youths from Wellesley Hills have been seen at the Inn 
several times in the past two years and came again this afternoon. "First 
we walked over" said the taller one, "then we came in great style in an auto 
mobile. Next we hitch-hiked. Today we arrived on bicycles". Wellesley is 
about 10 miles from here in a south-easterly direction. The boys suggested 
that their visits in the future might be made on horseback or in a stage coach. 



Sunday, Nov 10, 194-0 


Everybody has heard of "Liberty's" In London and nearly every- 
body has heard of another* London store, Self ridges. Last night we had 
registered Mr. H. G. Selfridge with sons Ralph and Oliver from Darien, 
Connecticut, ^hey proved to be of the very same London store family. 
Mr. Selfridge is young appearing, wears sports clothes and is interested 
in getting his sons placed in a suitable Ameriran boarding school. The 
purpose of this visit was to inspect the Middlesex School at Concord. When 
asked about the London store, Mr. Selfridge said that his family sold out 
their entire interests in the store last March. According to our guest, 
the store has taken its share of bombing in the present war. 

A very pretty young lady with attractive personality introduced 
herself today as a member of the Ford organization. Her name is Barbara 
Lee and we were interested to know just where she belonged in the vast 
Foda company . It seems that a research office at 1710 Broadway, New York has 
recently been opened where a staff o^ 4. girls under the direction of 
Miss Gladys Lavance is studying the Ford car from a feminine view point. 
The idea is to determine what would make the car mor^ attractive for 7fomenj 
to find out what improvements can be made that will appeal especially to 
women. Miss Lee is one of the 4- girls helping in this ";ork. During the 
Worlds Fair she was associated with the Ford Exhibit in the style show and as 
a demonstrator of the two-door sedan. 

Monday Nov 11, 194-0 



Miss Liebold and a friend came with Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Malott 
for dinner this noon and because of the holiday arrived during a very busy 
period of the day. They joined a hostess, however, for a tour of the house 
and were later escorted around the outside, Mill, School, Chapel etc. by 
Mr. Sennott. Miss Liebold is attending a school in Boston and haz come 
twice, before this, for Sunday dinner. 

A holiday crowd filled the house practically all day. The day 
was observed by the Inn family with an appropriate service in the 
Martha-Mary Chapel conducted by boys of the Wayside Inn School. 

Tuesday, Nov 12, 194-0 


This day has been long and dreary. Dairy news is scarce and what 
we have is not particularly cheerful. A he rain has come hard and fast 
all day. Miss Fisher has a severe cold and is confined to her room. 



Wednesday, Nov 13, 194.0 Rain 

On the 29th of October a 50th Wedding Anniversary was observed 
here by Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Graham, ■'•hey came from Lincoln, Nebraska 
and the party was arranged by a daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. 
Simeon E. Cozad of Lowell, Mass. The Grahams were married in the West. 
For an engagement present, Mrs. Graham shyly told the hostess that her 
sweetheart presented a copy of Longfellow's poems, The Grahams were so 
fond of the poet they named their third daughter Frances Allegro. There 
were four daughters in all and all are settled in the East. " We're the 
people who came back - the 'back trailers' as Hamlin Garland calls us" said 
Mrs. Cozad. 

Thursday, Nov 14, 1940 Rain 

Last Sunday the Boston Herald, in its Rotogravure section 
carried 5 pictures of the Inn. Today two youths at the Harvard Law School 
>eho had seen the pictures, laid aside their books and papers and journeyed 
to Sudbury, '^'hey found the Mill, School, Chapel and Garden as pictured. 
Then they walked through the rain to the Inn. Here they revelled in the 
dry, warm atmosphere, '^hey were cheered by a bright fire on the hearth. 
In the Parlor they played a little on the Spinet. They found the old furni- 
ture and cooking utensils of great interest, They lingered for a time in the 
old Ball room. At four-thirty these very modern young men were on their way 
back to Cambridge. A bit of rest and peacefulness and the spirit of old 
New England accompanied them. 

Friday, Nov 15, 1940 Rain 

Two charming people have been here for 2 days and tonight enjoyed 
the dancing class. ri 'hey are Mr. and Mrs. Ben F. Swenson. She is a striking 
young woman, animated and gay whllejhe is a fine looking fellow av* both are 
very friendly. Their chief interesx is the Potawatomi Inn at the Potagon 
State Park, Indiana. "We keep the Inn as a congenial, homelike place" said 
Mrs* Swenson - "and our entertainment is of the old fashioned sort".. On 
rainy days the guests pile into a covered wagon and are off to a recreation 
cabin where they cook their own meals and have a general good time. The fol- 
der which the Swensons left with us tells of a weaving room and pottery making, 
metal crafts, wood carving besides the usual outdoor sports of fishing, golf 
and tennis. The Inn is situated in a state park; the state bearing some of 
the overhead expenses such as taking care of the grounds and major repairs. 
Consequently the rates at Potawatomi are very reasonable and the Swensons 
say that the house is filled all through the Summer and many come in the 
Winter for skiing. The dancing class this evening was of unusual interest 
to these guests because they plan to incorporate old fashioned dancing in 
their recreation program. After the boys and girls had left, Mr. and Mrs. 
Swenson and Mr. Haynes, our dancing master, partook of fresh Wayside Inn cider 
as they sat for a chat around the open fire in the Bar-room. 


Saturday, November 16, 194-0 Cloudy - rain 


A simple service of dedication was held at noon today in our 
»w ner chapel. Some observers might expect-- with our landlord and his 
wife present - that the occasion would be an elaborc-te, ceremonious affair. 
On the contrary. Its simplicity was impressive. The service which 
preceded the dedication was conducted by the boys in the school, each one 
doing his part in a sincere, dignified manner. The very atmosphere of 
the chapel penetrtted the hearts of all present and when the service was 
over, the little company heard plainly the clear voice of Mrs. Ford as 
she read the words from the marker: "On this spot, Mrs. Heruy Ford 
turned the first sod for this Chapel, Aug. 30, 1939". ^hen she quietly 
added: "And now you have it". Those last words will remain forever in 
the minds of all who heard. No long, tedious ceremony attendtd this 
dedication, but like the Chap "' building itself, it was marked by 
dignity, beauty and simplicity. 



Sunday, Nov 17, 1940 Partly cloudy 

" A man with great vision did this" said one of our guests 
today as he spoke about the Inn. The guest was Dr, C. L. Overlander. 
Had he known that the man who "did ths" was actually here he would 
have congratulated him. Too, Dr. Overlander was anxious to do what he 
could to help. He noticed a glass prism missing from the lamp in the 
Parlor and told us that he would be pleased to send one from his very 
large collection of glass pendents. He took the measurement of the 
other prisms on our lamp and will find one to match, if possible. 

Mr. and Mrs. Ford spent a quiet day visiting with the Inn 
personel and looking over the Inn property. They attended a service in 
the Chapel at 12 o'clock and later called on Mr. and %s. Calvin Smith 
who occupy the old Nobscot te« house. It was with deep regret to all 
here when they left, late in the afternoon. 

Monday, Nov 18, 1940 Cloudy 

Its one of those events you keep looking foiward to -like 
Thanksgiving or Christmas, then in a day its over and you step into the 
normal stride of life. So it is when Mr. and ^s. Ford come to the 
Inn. We anticipate their visit all through the year, prepare for it, 
and v;hen it comes we enjoy every minute. All too soon the bags are 
packed, carried to the door, goodbyes are said and they are gone. To- 
day we are thinking back on the two day visit and find ourselves lost 
in a kind of reverie - reminiscing and going over each little detail. 
At the same time, however, we are looking ahead - spurred on by a fresher 
outlook and a deep sense of responsibility to maintain the Wayside Inn 
carefully and thoughtfully in the name of our landlord and his wife. 

Tuesday Nov 19, 194-0 V e ry pleasant 

On this pleasant Autumn morning 201 men and 7,'omen motored from 
all parts of the eastern section of Massachusetts to have luncheon at the 
Wayside Inn. They came to a meeting of the Massachusetts Association of 
ief officers; people who take care of relief work in cities and tovms. 
Not workers connected wi L h private relief agencies, but those associated 
with boards supported wholly from taxation. One man explained that these 
boards used to be called Overseers of the Poor. Nov/ they call themselves 
Boards of Public Welfare. We wnted to know something about the work they 
are doing so asked Mrs. Clark of the Sudbury" Board to tell us about her 
problems. She told of a Spanish refugee boy, 7 years old, Don Yerko, who 
landed in this little tovm of Sudbury with some motoring wayfarers. He 
had drifted into Boston on a tramp steamer from South America. People 
from South Carolina picked him up in Boston, then dropped him off here. 
Mrs. Clark took the boy in charge and he is now attending school in Sudbury. 

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Tuesday, Nov 19 - continued 

Our friend and neighbor, Mr. Henry S. Dennison of the Dennison 
Manufacturing Co. in Framingham was guest speaker this evening with 
Professor Schell's group. This get-together was thesecond in the series 
of monthly gatherings arranged by Professor Schell. The group usually con- 
sists of 12 - 14 aen connected with the Massachusetts Institute of Tech- 
nology or with Harvard College. Professor Schell announced a new plan to 
be followed by the group to conform more closely with the original Waysiders. 
This is, to invite an outsider each time who will be the speaker or entertain- 
er of the evening. 

Wednesday, Nov 20, 194-0 


)ed from the Newspapers 

V ay side inn 
hapel Dedicated 

. ,»_c wenrv Ford 


Mrs. Henry Ford dedicated a new 
chapel a t the Boys Sehool on the 
grounds of WagjjpLe Inn. South 
Sudbury, yesterday, unveil: 
bronze tablet on which was 
sciiption "on this spot, Mrs. Hen- 
ry Ford turned the first sod for 
this chapel, Aug;. 30, 1939." 
Following the dedication, she and 
her husband returned to Detroit by 
special train. 

I Daily Record 11/13/40 

V and Mrs. Henry Jotdjgjj 
.veek-end visitors ^ tiie^J, to , 
M. ^^Hpdfcation last Satur- 
3Uen of me SefutiS Uttle Colonial! 
n^rSntty comPleted^n a hUl 

? short walk *°^\ e nr ™ wayside 
The ffi^Sl conduct chapel ex- 
InnSch ^ rP ever r school day at I 
ercises there , ■ f™g is in Vtted. 

11:45, to which the pum ^ 

Th e chapel ^ ^J ^4:30; but 
S r ra?e ry n d o a VunTay —ices at 

boys' agricultural scnoo 
the dedication progra m, £ 

chapel, Aug. 30, "*-. Barba 

There ^ e " J^atd Michael 

Teb0 ' Ch S in^Se schools; and 

Trusco, PUP^J ^f th Mr. Lavers 

the organ. 

Framingham News 11/22 Ao 

Framinghara News 11/22/40 

Framingham News 11/22/40 

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Wednesday, Nov 20 - continued 

Longfellow Kin Dies 

Halifax, N. S. Nov 16 - Waldo T. Benton 60 
a native of Boston and great nephew of the poet, Henry 
W. Longfellow was dead here today. He leaves a brother 
Ralph and a sister Gertrude both of Boston. 

From Boston American Nov 16, 194-0 

Tech Mans Material May End need of Importing Mica 

Seattle, Wash, Nov. 19 Cap't Kenneth A. Kobe lists 

several (material) which, given aid now, would be in position to expand 
in national emergency to replace stategic materials now imported. He 
says mica, one of this group may be replaced by the new material made 
from bentonite clay by Dr. E. A. H r user of the Massachusetts Institute 
of Technology, ■'•his product forms transparent, flexible films like mica 
and can be made in almost any size - something not possible with mica. 
(Professor Hauser is a regular attendant in Professor Schell's Waysiders 

Thursday, Nov 21, 194-0 Cloudy 

Mr. J. B. Hylan lived at the Inn in Mr. Lemon's time and today 
gave us a verbal picture of it in that era. From his description we saw 
piles of English muffins and high plates of toast served to guests every 
afternoon at tea time for 25 cents. And chicken wac the favorite dinner 
because, if you asked for it, you could always have the other half ! Mr. 
Hylan told of the U horse coach "Cricket" which came from Boston driven 
by tor. Howard Brown. It would arrive at noon time carrying wealthy 
sporting people from Boston. In fact, Mr. Hylan showed us a snap shot 
taken of the coach at the front door of the Inn. He pointed out Mr. and ^rs. 
Lemon in the picture, his wife and wife's parents, Mr. and M rs. Herbert S. 
Townsend. During the day Mr. Hylan would commute into Boston with Mr. 
Lemon - a horse and buggy taking them to and from the Wayside Inn station, 
two miles away. Mr. Hylan remembers very well Mr. and Mrs. Paul, Mrs. 
Lemon's mother and father who, he said, occupied the bedroom we now call 
"Washington" on the first floor. The Inn was pictured by Mr. Hylan as a 
grand place in those days. He later :. ; oved to Kendall Green and from there 
to Concord where he now lives. 

Several refugee children have visited the Inn but none as 
pathetic as those who came this afternoon. They looked unhappy, rather 
poorly dressed and ill at ease. We were told by their foster parents 
that these two girls had landed in New York expecting to go immediately to 
an American home previously arranged for them. Through some misunderstand- 
ing there was no home available and they spent several miseraule weeks in 
New York at the Seamans Institute. They became thin, unhappy and worried. 
Our guests this afternoon have four children of their own, but they volunteered 
to take the girls until a permanent home can be found. We hope this short 
visit to the Inn gave these poor refugee children somihing different and 
worthwhile to think about. 


Friday, Nov 22, 194-0 Pleasant, warm 

Around dinner time this evening, Mr. and Mrs. Bryant appeared 
and announced that they were celebrating Mrs. Bryant's birthday by coming 
to the Inn. Not long afterward the door opened and in came Mr. and Mrs. 
Harold S. Bowker, (not the same Bowkers "?ho come on Saturday) Mr. Bowker 
telling us that the occasion of their visit was in honor of Mrs. Bowker 's 
birthday! Both couples are old Wayside Inn-ers and both stayed to watch 
the dancing class. 

Mr. Bowker who is interested in wood-working gave us a lesson 
about the woods used In making the Spinet in the Parlor. He told about 
the rolled veneer J ncr made up of small pieces of mahogany burl - the 
pieces cut as thin as paper then soaked in water in order to bend and 
put on with powdered glue - a hot iron being rolled on the outside to melt 
the glue. 

Saturday, Nov 23, 1940 Rain 

A dinner party for eleven was held this evening in the small 
dining room for Mr. Walter SLmer, a Standard Oil man from Shanghai, China 
who comes back to the United States every three years. And every three 
years he comes to the Inn. His parting words were "I'll see you in 194^4" < 

INN . -, November 24-, 194-0 ° 

he name, "Squint and Click" Club intrigued us long before 
1 = ..-.- 1 - it meant. Today memberr af bhe Club had dinner here. 

a enthusiasts. Th 3 "quint, then click their cameras around 
the vicinitj of Hudson, Mass. One gent" . rived ' ith all kinds of 
picture apparatus tripod, black cloth, suit case etc. end after dinner 

ed 30. pictui > tc t] group assembled in the small ball room. The 
name "Squint and Click" rather suggests young, lively members. On the 
contrary, tl . stly elderly and sedate. 

iday, Movember 25, ] y^Q Cold 

..^-~even ladies and three gentlemen were gathered in the 
rlor at six 0' clock this evening. Some were sitting, othei nding 
and all listening to the story of the Wayside Inn. TL. °pinet w 
mentioned. One of th gent] ... , a clergyman, suggested that a young 
lady in the group ^lay it. The firelight touched the keys with inaudible 
melodies then came the clear, soft notes of the little old piano. It 

s - nice gesture. ht the guests closer together - there in the 
firelight. It was a kind of prelude to the dinner that followed. These 
people arrived at the Inn about 2 o'clock in the afternoon. They walked 
to the Chapel, returned to the Ball room of the Inn where a meeting was 
held, then at 5 o'clock they started on a tour of the Inn. The scene in 

^'lor, the playing on the Spinet, was a beautiful ending and apprecia- 
ted by everyone. The women are associated with the Andover-Newton 
Theological School in Newtor. , Mass, as students, as wives of students 
and as wives of faculty members. The three gentlemen were the President 
of the school -Jid two professors. 

risp, cold day today, but not too cold for a single gentle- 
man to walk si; Lies, over the hill from Framingham '"'enter. He reached 
the Inn about 3 o'clock - straight, ^ink cheek a cheery smile. He 
put his gloves and cane in the Hutch table, rested for a while on the 
settle, walked through the house, then started on the return trip. We 
offered him a cup of tea, something warm, but he refused. When last 
we saw the gentleman he was taking great strides up the road, not too 
soon y for the sun was just beginning to lower towards the west. 

Tuesday, November 26, 194-0 Pleasant 

A new item of interest to visiter = i to the Inn family has been 
received. It is a program of Ole Bull's last concert in Madison, Wisconsin. 
It reads: 

rewell Concert for the Benefit of the University of 
Wisconsin by Ole Bull at the Assembly Chamber, Friday 
Eve'g May 17, '72." 

It will be remembered that Ole Bull lived in Madison and that he met his 
second wife there.. Miss Thorp. Her brother married Miss Allegra 
Longfellow. The program is presented by Mr. Don Anderson. The Wisconsin 
State Journal, Madison, TTireonsin. 

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Tuesday, November 26 - continued 

TheThanks giving season began this evening with a short service 
in the Chapel. Parents and friends of our Southwest and Redstone school 
children attended. From the Chapel the company came to the Inn where two 
Thanksgiving plays were presented by the children. The boys from the 
Boys School also helped by conducting the service and by attending the 
plays. Everyone enjoyed seeing the children perform. We went up once or 
twice and looked in from the back of the room. There was no difficulty 
in hearing the actors and as far as we know, no one forgot his lines! 

Wednesday, November 27, 1940 Snow 

Not the "night before Christmas" but the day before Thanksgiving 
~h means that turkeys ere cooking, vegetables are being brought in 
from the farm, pies are baking in the ovens and in every department of 
the Wayside Inn preparations are under way for the large family we expect 
to serve tomorrow. No housewife in American takes more pains or pride in 
getting ready for her family than do those at the Inn who prepare for the 
Thanksgiving feast here. The hostesses are filling the Butter churn favors 
with small candies and the boys are tugging in corn stalks and pumpkins. The 
pantry girls are setting tables and all through the house many creatures 
are stirring! T is a holiday spirit - - further enhanced by one delicious 
odor. It is a smell of cranberry sauce, turkey, squash, mince pie, plum 
pudding and nuts all mixed up together 3 jreat big challenge to our 
appetites! Best of all, something that makes us feel gay and even more 
holiday-ish and decidedly old fashioned is a beautiful New England snow 
fall which has covered trees a^d roofs and window sills. We knoxv if we 
were going to the Wayside Inn for Thanksgiving we would arrive in a sleigh 
bringing plenty of sleigh bells and fur robes and laughter along with us. 

Thursday, November 23, 1940 Pleasant 


Over the river and through the snow 
To Grandmother's house we go. 

Those who came to Grandmother Howe's house came through the 
snow but, we ire sorry to say, not by the old fashioned way with horse 
and sleigh. At an early hour everything was in readiness. At the end of 
the hall, Abbie had arranged a table laden with gruit, a symbol of the 
Thanksgiving season. The window in the old dining room was arrayed with 
corn stalks and pumpkins. In the large dining rooms, the tables glistened 
with silver and pure white linen. It was like a stage set for a play and we 
might say that the performance began about 11-30 a^ c - loe k when guests 

rted to arrive. At 1 o'clock the most old fashioned, homey-looking 
"actor" made his appearance. He was Mr. Gibbs, a gentleman who has spent 
much time at the Inn and knows it well. He is an unusually tall man, large 
boned and large features. We always think of him as stooping in the door- 
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Thursday, November 28 - continued 

ways as he goes from room to room. But most outstanding in Mr- Gibb's 
personality is his honest face - a good, kindly, old fashioned facel When 
Mr. Gibbs opened the door today hi large nose was red and he carried 

h him a good sized oval basket. He was a Dickens character stepping 
into just the right scene. And what is in the basket? "Nothing as yet, 
said Mr. Gibbs, but I intend it to be filled with two turkey dinners for 
my grandaughters . They couldn't come, laid up with colds". Next we saw 
Mr. Gibbs standing in front of the ^ruit table at the end of the hall. 
It was a kind of shrine - everyone stopped there to look - and in Mr. Gibbs 
eyes was silent admiration and perhaps a prayer - - that those across 
the seas might have - - But here is the call for dinner. We didn't see 
Mr. Gibbs for an hour. Then he emerged from the dining room - basket in 
hand. He stopped again at the table with fnr't. "Gee, I felt like eating 
everything on that table when I came in - now I can only look at it '!" 
So we think our guest Mr. Gibbs pretty well expressed the sentiment of all 
our guests today. When the curtain was finally drawn, each and everyone 
who had been at the Wayside Inn today had enjoyed a bounteous Thanksgiving 

Mr. and Mrs. Richardson took the bus down from their home in 
Marlboro and stayed all the afternoon. They arrived at 2 o'clock - ate 
dinner at four, left at seven. 

Mr. Tvuirks brought a refugee fror: Switzerland, a lady with four 
grown-up children. Born in Russia, she fled to Germany, then to Switzer- 
land and has found safty in America. All the children are in school, two 
were with her. 

Mr. Draper came alone, as is his custom, had his dinner at 12 o' 
clock, sat in the Wing Chair in the Parlor, talked with other guests, 
walked to the Chapel and Mill and departed late in the afternoon. 

Friday, November 29, 1940 Pleasant 

It will take a whole day of the Diary to tell about the 
Thanksgiving butter churns. They were the favors placed on every table 
for every guest. The boys in our school made them in their wood working 
shop. Perfect little churns, 3\" high with dasher to pull up and down, like 
a real big churn. Churns, of course, are old fashioned. Every household 
su ported one a hundred years ago and they weve commonly used in the 
country until about 25 years ago. You will find them here and there in the 
country now and in use, too. The guests enjoyed the favors, carried them 
away to keep or to give some boy or girl - and the children who came played 
with them a long rime. Jimmie Gould, young son of our Maisie Gould in the 
kitchen, found his churn so fascinating he decided to put it into practical 
use - to see if it would really make butter. He poured two teaspoons of 

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Sunday, December 1, 194-0 Cloudy 

The roses brought by Mr. end Mrs. Bowker every Saturday 
night do their share in bringing cheer and happiness to many people. 
Sometimes a single rose is carried to a shut-in, sometimes the roses grace 
a table where a birthday celebration is held. Today a few were given 
to our old friends Mr, and Mrs. Crockett. The hostess suggested that the 
Crocketts take a few roses home, Then Mrs. Crockett, tears in her eyes, 
told us that 20 years ago this very day her twin sister passed away. 
"Usually on this day Mr. Crockett buys flowers", said Mrs. Crockett, "but 
this year we are helping the British. Therefore these roses will be our 
anniversay boquet." So we say, thanks again to the kindness and thought- 
fulness of Mr. and Mrs. Bowker. 

Monday, December 2, 194-0 Cold 

We have received the history of the Longfellow desk in the Parlor 
and are pleased to find that not only does it have a Wayside Inn connection 
through the poet, but it also has an association with the Tales of a Wayside 
Inn. Longfellow's grandfather, General Peleg Wadsworth fought in the Rev- 
olutionary War. He was captured and imprisoned at Castine, Maine. He 
escaped and after the Revolution was deeded a tract of land in the state of 
fifaine. He founded the town of Hiram, Maine and built a house there. The 
desk belonged in that house. When the young poet visited his grandfather, 
as he was wont to do during Summer vacations, he used our desk. And more, he 
heard his grandfather tell over and over his own story of the Revolution and 
how he was a prisoner at Castine. The Student's second story in the Tales 
of a Wayside Inn is Baron Castine of St. Castine. 

Tuesday, December 3, 194-0 Very cold 

New England is getting its first taste of sub zero weather. Just 
the night for an Old Kitchen dinner! The guests began to arrive a half hour 
ahead of time, twenty of them and seated themselves around the fireplace in 
the old kitchen. A red checkered table cloth adorned the table and red apples 
glistened in the bor 1 placed in the center. The door was closed. This was to 
be a surprise party. In charge was Mr. Tyler Hepner, Director of Social 
Studies in the Brookline Public Schools. The surprise was for one of his 
pupils (13 years ago), now a teacher under Mr. Hepner 's supervision. Th- 
teacher was married recently. He and his bride were invited by another 
couple to have dinner at the Wayside Inn this evening. They arrived. A 11 
was quiet. Then the door of the old kitchen was opened. A shower of paper 
rose petals fell and here were the twenty friends assembled. Much laughter 
and good fun wars followed by a good dinner. 


Wednesday December 4, 1940 Pleasant 

™e don't like to say too much about any one family or any one 
person who visits the Inn, but for a moment we will ask the reader to 
return to the Selfridge family. We have spoken of them twice because they 
have been here twice recently. You remember Oliver and Ralph and sister 
Jennifer. Miss Fisher told us more about Ralph which we feel we must record. 
She said that Ralph brought his knitting. He was ^een several times knitting 
on a long scarf - for some far-away British soldier - perhaps a cousin or 
friend. Ralph had started the scarf in tan, but somewhere along the way had 
switched to maroon. Anyway he was working very industriously on his knitting. 
Miss Fisher said he made a lovely picture - eleven years old, blond hair, 
blue eyes, curled up on one end of the settle in front of the open fire, knit- 
ting in hand. 

Thursday, December 5, 194-0 Cloudy 

Recent guests have been Colonel and Mrs. KLwell who have returned 
to Boston after being stationed in other parts of the coutry. They showed 
pleasure on entering the Inn to find it as it was when they left. Colonel 
Elwell handsome, straight and smiling said: "It looks just the same"! 

A dinner party for eleven was held on the evening of November 21 
for Mr. Walter Palmer. He is a Standard Oil man from Shanghai, China who 
comes back to the United States every three years. And every three years 
he comes to the Inn. His parting words were "I'll see you in 1944". 

A graduate of Radcliffe College in the Class of 1902 came to the 
Bar hurridly as her party was leaving and told us that she saw Miss Alice 
Longfellow at the dedication of the first Radcliffe dormitory, probably 
held in the Fall of 1901.. . and Miss Longfellow lit a fire in th^ f "replace 
of the new building. Our guest was a student at the time and has never 
forgotten meeting the poet's daughter. 

Friday, December 6, 194-0 Pleas r nt 

A very fine picture of Samuel Gridley Howe with a fine story attached 
appeared lately in the Boston Globe. Samuel Gridley Howe belonged to our 
Inn Howe family - distantly related. He was a really great man. He had a 
natural in-born feeling for the "underdog" everywhere . His efforts against 
enslavement of the blacks, for the reclamation of the blind and for mercy to 
the mentally sick and inmates of prisons will never be forgotten. His work 
for the blind is known to us more closely because we have near us the : Perkins 
Institution for the Blind which he founded. The article in which we are so 
interested, deals with Dr. Howe's aid to Greece in 1824. • ^e went. hoping to aid 
in the Greek- Turkish war by his services as surgeon. Instead he joined the 
Greeks in their fighting among the mountain crags and ravines and was often 
under fire and several times contracted fever. He wrote regarding his ecxper- 
iences: "The Greeks could climb like goats, shoot from any advantage or 

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Friday, December 6 - continued 

disadvantage, find cover behind any tree or stone. Today the Greeks 
are fighting as before. The Wayside Inn is proud of its ancestor, 
Sanuel Gridley Howe, sometimes called the "Lafayette of the Greek 
Revolution" . 

Saturday, December 7, 194-0 Cloudy 

This cloudy, dull day, the hostesses put their heads together 
and thought out an idea for a Christmas favor to be placed on the 
Christmas dinner tables. Several suggestions were made. First an old 
fashioned Izntern, the frame made of black paper to represent iron and the 
sides of red glass (celophane) with cover and handle on top. These to 
hold tiny candies. Next came a bright red reindeer cut-out to stand on a 
small box, the box to be covered red with some white cotton for snow. The 
design which met final approval was a small replica of the Wayside Inn sign 
board. This will be cut from heavy green paper, a bright red horse pranc- 
ing on it and the sign to swing on a wooden post. Attached to the base 
of the post will be a small wooden cup to hold candies. 

. EX 

Sunday December 8, 194-0 Pleasant 

le of the Inn-mates are beginning to feel antiquated. 
They remember as little children, some of the nov. grown-up guests. 
One such guest is Mr. Sohier Welch, Jr. who used to come here when 
very young - 3 or 10 years old. He wore short pants and a large 

' te Feter Pan collar. How he has graduated from St. r arks School. 

i ai . id all the rest and is on the teaching staff at St. Marks. 
His wedding will take place shortly after Christmas. We groan and 
creak like a piece of old furniture when we see these youngsters 
and always feel a deep friendship for them. Today our very nice Mr. 
Godfrey broughtSohier Welch, Jr. over from Southb^ough for dinner. 

hing was said, but we had a feeling that it was a kind of farewell 
party, a kind of sentimental gesture - for old times sake - before 
young Welch ventures forth on his matrimonial way of life. 

Monday, December 9, 194-0 Cloudy 

The teacher of of Hygiene at Wellesley College dashed away 
from busy college life to spend a quiet night at the Wayside Inn. This 
was the purpose of her visit, she told us - to get j from people 
and problems - to have a few hours to be alone. The Inn is an ideal 
place for just such an idea to develop. We understand Miss Smith's 
desire for a little time to herself. So many different interests come 

ling in upon us these days and all seem important. We feel as if 
we must grasp each and every one as it comes along. Perhaps, after all, 
it isn't necessary to concern ourselves with so many outside problems. 
In doing so we often loose sight of real opportunities for service which 
ar^si" 1 - ' gj as it were, on our very own door stepl 

Tuesday, December 10, 194-0 rtly cloudy 

Guests today included Mr. and Mrs. Jenk come over fi 
Wellesley Hills once or twice a month. We like -ouple very much. 
Mr. Jenks is quiet, friendly, slightly reserved. &rs. Jenks is talkative, 
smiling, natural. They sat in the Bar-room after luncheon, the hostesses 
working on Chri' favors, a fire on the hearth and a cold winter day 

Wednesday, December 11, 194-0 nt 

It is surprising the number of requests for Mary Lamb bocks 
to be used as Christmas gifts. Almost every mail brings two or three 
orders. Pe. 1 ited the school house last Summer send in an order 
and will add: "I enjoyed the Inn and/school so much last Summer, T -.'ant 
one of the books to give away fur Christmas". Chamberlain's book of 
photographs which sells for one dollar is also popular as a Christmas 
present. Two copies of the ' _ v I lib book are going out in tonight' ^ 
to Lakewood, Ohio and two of the Chamberlain books are being forwarded to 
Farmington Falls, Maine. 


Thursday, December 12, 194-0 Cloudy 

The Christinas season began in a gay manner tonight when 
employees of the Worcester County Trust Company, 133 strong, thronged into 
the Inn for a Christmas party. They came early to hear the story of the house, 
then proceeded to the large dining room where dinner was served. All day long 

...bars of the committee in charge 7 .7ere here decorating the dining room 
and ball room. At the end of the dining room were two lighted Christmas 
trees and in front of the fireplace was a small manger scene lighted from above. 
The tables were Christmassy too with simple snow scenes in miniature for 
center pieces and some lighted with candles. About two thirds of the gues ' 
were men; familes of employees were not invited. There were, however, enough 
women present to make dancing in the larg« ball-room enjoyable. An eight 
piece orchestra was in attendance and several special entertainers were engaged 
to make the evening full of fun. The best entertainment was a puppet show, the 
audience saw Sonja Heine, W. C. Fields, Eleanor Roosevelt and a skeleton all 
perform in a most amusing manner. In the meantime a few elderly gentlemen 
enjoyed a comfortable evening gathered around the fire in the Bar-room. A hostess 
overheard this remark: "I say fellers, this is the best place we've ever been. 
It's quiet, not a lot of frills and loud talking". Miss deMille, who bid good- 
night to the guest late hour, said that the concensus of opinion was th 
this was the best party ever held by the Bank. The Worester County Trust Co. 
is a large organisation with several branch offices in other towns and cities. 
Mr. David Tillson of the main office at 344- Main Street, Worcester, was in charge. 

Friday, December 13, 194-0 Cloudy, colder. 

Vie gleaned a little interesting information for the Diary from one 
of our guests last evening. It concerns the Redstone School house. 
Harold Midgeley informed us that his wife taught in the Mary Lamb School 
before she was amrried. The school was located in Sterling, Mass. at that 
time and Mrs. Midgely was then Miss Mae Noble. 

The mail today brought a letter from Miss Kay Schultz a former 
summer hostess and graduate of the University of Michigan. She is teach r 
school - literature and public speaking, in Mount Morris, Michigan. She 
writes: "The Inn mus.^t be a cheery place at the Christmas Season" And 
so it is. 

Saturday, December 14, 194-0 Pleasant 

A party of three drove up from Warren, Rhode Island to have 
luncheon here today. They were Mrs. Clara Bradbury, a former Inn hostess, 
her sister Mrs. Rice from Detroit and a cousin from Rhode Island with whom 
3 . Bradbury lives . 

We are keeping in touch with the orange tree planted years ago by 
y Sawyer. The tree is now owned by the Mc Lean Hospital in Waverly, Mass. 
and according to our informant, an attendant in the hospital, the tree is very 
large. At the present time it is loaded with oranges. "They are Slightly 
green", said the young man", but later on will be fine and ripe and I'll brin 
you one". The tree was planted by j when her husband was the Superintendent 
of McLean. It has been cut down several times but still reaches the roof of 
the green house. An orange from this tree will be almost as famous as Mary's 
Little Lamb. 


Sunday, December 15, 1940 Pleasant 

People are getting ready for Christmas. Consequently we had 
a compara tively quiet Sunday as far as our regular guests ^ace concerned. 
We were kept busy , however, v.ith a special party of thirty who came 
from Minnesota. They were Farm Bureau members who have recently been 
holding a convention in Baltimore. Through the agencies of the Baltimore 
and Ohio Railroad and the Chicago, Milwaukee, St, Paul and PacificRailroad 
a sight-seeing tour was planned to route these thirty people home by way of 
New York, Bos ton and Montreal. They had dinner and walked to the Mary Lamb 
School, the Chapel etc. 

Seldom, if ever, will you meet a man ?Aio remembers a Revolutionary 
War soldier. Therefore our guest today ?.as distinguished. In Washington 
he was told that there was not another man alive, probably, who could 
recall a man who had fought under General Washington. Our guest is pighty- 
three and remembers well his great grandfather who seyed in the Continental 
Army The great grandfather died at the ripe old age of one hundred. Our 
guest was then six years old. He gave us a vivid picture of his ancestor, 
and said that he was well and active 'till the day he died and often told 
of his experiences in the war. 

Monday, December 16, 1940 Rain, slippery 

"Does anyone ever play checkers?" asked Miss deMille as she wes 
cleaning out a desk drawer the other day. We couldn't remember the tirre v.hen 
the checker board had been used, so it wac put on the bottom of the pile. 
This afternoon, cold, rainyand slippery driving, two young ladies appeared. 
They wanted tea - and a checker board! "It's such a stormy aay and we are 
too early for tea, so lets play checkers", said one to the other. A small 
table wasdrawn near the fireplace , the checker board unearthed and a lively 
game ensued. 

Tuesday, December 17, 1940 Pleasant 

Christmas secrets are old fashioned. We never hear any these 
days. Years ago, a week before Christmas and the house was full of 
secrets; there's a pin cushion in that package and Mother is going to give 
Ted e sled - but be sure not to telll However, we do know a few Christmas 

secrets and if readers of the Diary will promise not to tell 

One is, a Santa Claus pack which will be filled as a Christmas grab bag. 
On Christmas day the Inn family will be calliupon to investigate what Santa 
has left in his pack. Between you and me, he will leave a baby doll, a top, 
a tiny tractor and a milk truck; a sewing kit, a 1941 calendar and a pair 
of gentleman's socks. Imagine Mr. Coulter, the houseman pulling out the sewing 
kit etc. etc. For Mr. Bwwker, our Saturday night guest who collects early 
American lamps, we are filling a scrap book with original drawings of old 
lighting devices seen at the Wayside Inn. So it goes. This old fashioned house 
is really full of old fashioned secrets. We'll tell more, later. 


Wednesday, December 18, 1940 Very pleasant 

Christmas would not be Christmas vithout the Dieffenbachs, the 
Bowkers, Mr. and Mrs. Crockett, Mr. and Mrs. Jones and others of our 
guests who come each year to share in the Christmas festivities here. 
The Dieffenbachs, Miss Joan and Miss Anne, journey all the way from Norwood, 
New Jersey to be with us. Miss Joan arrived today. She is Tax collector 
in Norwood and has to beck promptly on January 1st. So she puts a few 
extra days of her vacation on this side of the holiday. Miss Anne will come 
on Saturday after finishing her duties in the office of the Socony Vacuum 
Oil Co. in Nev. York. These artlonely women who want to feel at home away from 
their own home. Here they do just that, They help in making the v €hri c tmas 
favors, put wood on the fires and enter into all our activities like members 
of the family. This is their successive Christmas spent at the V ayside 

Thursday, December 19, 1940 Pleasant 

Every noon the children in our schools gather together and hold 
their little service in the Chapel, we attended the other uay and v. ere very 
much impressed v.ith the way in which the service was conducted. As soon as all 
had assembled, the tiny tots in the front ~ow and the larger boys in the rear were 
all perfectly quiet. Three pupil? came down the center aisle, and took their 
places at the altar. The organ played, hymns vere sung, all repeated the 
tv.enty- third paslm and a salute to the flag was given. We came back to the 
Inn refreshedin spirit. We felt that we wanted to attend the service every 
single day. ^-t put something into our ]ife that was needed - and too often 

The Reverend Robinette from Woonsocket, Rhode Island was a luncheon 
guest today, meeting here his two sisters who live near Boston. The sisters 
are *iss M artha and Miss &exy Robinette. After ordering luncheon the 
Robinettes v*ere just in time to attend the Chapel service. Imagine their 
surprise on entering the ehapel» to discover the names Martha-Mary above the 

Friday, December 20, 1940 Cloudy 

For a week past the hostesses have been making red and green 
Christmas stockings, putting them together with red and green yarn. Upstairs 
in the Linen room about a hundred ten-cent packages have been wrapped. 
In the Ball-*room a chimney has been built (of cardboard and pap&v) . In the 
kitchen, ice cream and cake have been ordered. Sounds like a party, doesn't it? 
Today the stockings v.ere filled with candy, the packages placed in a hamper under 
a large decorated Christmas tree and Santa Claus climbed into the chimney. At 
seven- thirty o'clock, the children of all the Tvay^ide Inn scihools came to the 
Ball room and there was a very real party. Christmas carols were sung, Santa 
Claus appeared via the chimney and distributed the gifts. Last but not least 
ice cream and cake were passed r-xound. 



Saturday, December 21, 1940 Cloudy 

A few Diary items have accumraulated and we want to jot them down 
before next week and the end of the year. Two newspaper notices have 
been clipped recently which interest us because of the Longfellow association. 
A Nev York paper announces the engagement of Miss Mary Pepperell Dana to Mr. 
Arthur L. Shipman, Jr. Miss ^ana is the daughter of the late Richard H. Dana 
who was a grandson of the peet. Longfellow^ daughter, Edith, married Mr. 
Richard Henry Dana, author of "Two Years Before the Mast". From a Boston 
paper we learn of the death, in Portland, Maine of Mrs. Lucia Longfellow 
Barrett, 81, a niece of the poet. She was one of Portland's leading social 
workers, being on the board of several philanthropic societies. 

As a matter of rcord we wish to quote this letter, written by a 
very young guest after she had hesrd the soty of the Wayside Inn and more 
particularly the letter from Ralph Waldo Emerson in which he tells of leaving 
tus shawl at an Inn. 

65 Sterling Street 
West Newton, Mass. 

Def.r iriends 

Mr. Emerson left his shawl at the Inn 
many years ago and I think I left my red mittens in 
the office on Monday citernoon. If I did would you 
please mail them to me as they were brand new. 

Very truly yours, 

Ellen Kattwinkel 

The mittens were found and returned to little Ellen. 


Sunday, December 22nd, 194-0 Cloudy and misting 

Clear and cold at night 

This afternoon the engagement of Miss Virginia Bowry 
was announced at a tea given by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. 
Norman Bowry of Sudbury, in the large dining room of the 
Inn. Many of the young guests were graduates of our South 
West School, and some had attended the Mary Lamb School. 
Among them Betty Harrington, one of our first pupils, who is 
now a dietitian at a Somerville, Mass. Hospital. There 
were many inquiries from these former pupils for 

s Hopkins, our first Mary Lamb teacher. About sixty attended 
the tea. The dining room was decorated with Christmas Greens and 
ornaments and with a cheerful blaze from the great fireplace, 
made an inviting setting for the event. 

The inn beautiful both inside and out with Christmas 
decorations; a life sized Santa on the roof. Santa, with his 
pack is in a sleigh drawn by four life sized reindeer. 

reins of green belting sway in the wind - jixst enough move- 
ment to give the effect of realism, and a mor ? "ind 

„les the bells on the harnass. A n added animation is given by 
two columns of smoke from the chimneys. There are candles and 
wreathes in every window - a brightly lighted tree on each 
side of the entrance. Guests, arriving for dinner and the pageant, 
enter with enthusiastic Christmas greetings. 

The eighth annual Christmas pageant was presented this 
evening by the student body of the Wayside Inn Boys School. 
The setting, as usual, the Wayside Inn General Store. Over 
twenty five hundred attended. Many guests were disappointed in 
not being able to get a clear vantage point. The lack of snow 
depriv- tl setting of it's usual clearly defined background - 
but, with the aid of spot lights, the shepherds in their brown garbs 
with their sheep, and the three kings in their colorful robes, 
were an inspiring sight as they found their way, following the 

r, to the manger. Inspiring too the final grouping around the crib 
the Madonna, the kings, the shepherds and the sheep; the boys in their 
crimson choir robes with their lusty young voices raised in carols of 
praise for the new born king. 

Monday, December 23rd, 194-0 Fair 

Mr. and Mrs. Slichter of Cambridge, Massachusetts, 
entertained a group of ten at an old kitchen dinner to 
celebrate their twentieth wedding anniversary. 

Christmas pj tions in ful 1 " lg. Sleighs, to 
reindeer are hitched and draw by jolly, fat Santas, are placed on tab] 
in the front hall and Washington bedroom. They are small copies of the 

y, Decc ; , " . : Cont'd: 

sleigh and Santa on the roof; all made at the boys' school. Spicey 
odors are wafted from the kitchen; packages of Christmas cany and nuts 
are arriving; hostesses arc busy on the Christmas favors, and on the 
entertainment of su ho have snatched time from Christmas 

shopping to visit the inn. 

Tuesday, December 24-th, 194-0 Fair 

Our house guests, Misses Joan and Anne Dieffenbach, worked all 
day helping us to assemble the Christmas dinner favors. The favors 
are nut cups, about two inches in diameter, hollowed out frc 
tree branches, and attached to rustic posts made :>f twigs with cross 
sections to suppor^ " liature swinging signs of the Red Horse Tavern. 
The cups, )1 boysj the pair :f the 

red horses, the 1 _ J " X - he dates ] ' bhe hostesses, and our 
guests t1 :hed prig " CI Lstmf g ens to th _ sts, 
assist. 1 with the ; of • cookie! Id cook] Lron ove: t] 
Fii ^ n "- ifl the 

7> E ber 25th, 194-0 J -^m. 

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A goodl] joj - thelnn todaj 

favoi ppeale&J ryone and r^ \ "leered 

them from their tables and carried them home. Many guests remarked on 
the good fortune of America and Americans to be able to enj 3 \ 

ray, and manj ymj bJ 3 ere uttered for those le 
fortunate in the war torn countries. This morning our overnight 
guests and employees gathered in the bar room to find what r left 
in the grab bag . Fun for 2 n 3 <^ rything from lolly pops to mens ' 

. - I ought forth. The grab bag has been enjoy ed for several 
ys. n -u frequ nt vi itors, such as the B owk. , tr. and Mrs. Jones of 
Newton, the Crocketts etc., each have had a grab. k r pulled 

out a top, and Mrs. Bowker _ gham dog. Mr. Jones, who is eighty 
years of ge, Mrs. Jones did not open theii { "kages but took them 
home to hang on their treee. „ told us that the little bean pot which 

Jones pulled from the grab bag of last year, is st 111 on his b ureau 
as a receptacle fc tches. " jwker came in laden with 

gifts, beautifully wrapped. Large boxes of candy for the bar, pantry, 
and kitchen. Calendars for all the employees, with whom they come in 
contact, with moonlight pictures of the inn and it's surroundings taken 
bj Mr. Bowker after the St. Valentine's Day blizzard of last year. 

Thursday, December 26th, I94.O Fair 

D inner guests - Captain and " Iter Lafayette Winston of 
_ 3, California, ~V tioned at ;'s Field, Dayton, Ohio. 

Thursday, bei 26th, 194-0 Cor: 

V. ith tier of ylston, M husetts.- 

inston was b. x His maternal grandfather, 
fought in the Civil war, bore the sir name of Lafayette and was of the 

Marquis ie Lafayette, and so the name has been 
c arried on. The hostess, in taking this party through the inn, 
mentioned the fireplace crane with it's pot hooks. . Kistler asked 
her if she could explain the reference to pot hooks in a poem by 
Bret Harte - " The Spelling Bee at Angels''"'. He has known and loved 
this poem all his lifetime. He then quoted : 

ltz in, waltz in ye little kids, 
And gather 'bout my knee. 
Just drop your books and first pot hooks, 
And hear a yarn from me." 

The hostess held up a short pot hook resembling the letter "S" 
srA explained that let in handwriting and also short hanc notes have for 
long been referred to as pot hooks. He smiled over the simplicity and 
fitness of the reference ai the feet that he had puzzled over it for a 
period of years . 

Friday, December 27th, 1946 r loudy 

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Jones of TCaban gave a din rid, dance at the 
inn this evening to celebrate their twenty fifth wedding anniversary . 
Lrty of their friends made up the group which included their 
son ai . one or two other younger people. Our dancing mastei , 
Mr. Hayn-v. , 3 here to conduct the old time dances. Miss. Fisher and 

"ille supplied the music. That the evening was enjoyed .. 
apparent from the glowing faces, zestful efforts at dancing, and the 
reluctance with which the last waltz was ended. There were enthusiastic 
praises for the inn and the evening, as good nights were said. 

Jones' son grasped the hostesses hand and thanked her for a wonderful 
evening - adding - " Gee J I'm glad my folks give these kind of parties'.' 

Mrs. Hoffman of New York visited today. She was a Mi Weitzer of 
Cambridge, Massachusetts , and taught music to Longfellow's grandchildren. 
She remembers seeing Mr. Longfellc . .. she was a child and contributed 
to the chair fund for the chair made from the wood of the "Spreading 
Chestnut Tree" and presented to him by the children of Cambridge.. 

S aturday, December 28th, 194-0 Heavy ra 

Tea guests today - Mrs. W. P.. Langdon and her daughter, Ruth, 
evacuees from China. The husband and father is in the foreign service 
and still in Manchuria. 


Saturday, December 28th, 194-0 Cont'd 

The Boston Transcript for this evening gives an aaccount o f a 
talk given at a meeting of the National Early Americanr Class Club on : 

"lasses and Mugs, in the course of which the flip of New England 
and the mulled ale of Old England were discussed. It aid that 
flip was a drink popular throughout the 1 3 th century. AA. recipe from 
a popula: i .eenth Century Tavern was given , and the Wayside Inn 
recipe for flip referred to. 


lay, Decer . . ,h f 194-0 t and Fog 

Lss Anne Thor^. , grai Idaughter of th b, ' " 
Sh*. 3 daughter c ; I Allegr 
inn was unu llj i she enj 3 3 h the 

Tl , feel" that she ] i , the quaintness of 

Jerusha and Garden, I her those rooms and she was entranced. 

front hall just before les " closed her 
eyes and said - "What " Ids! What memories! 

, 30, 194C 

A lett Mr. and M \ Jones, w] 3 the old 
':ere last week a Fis] 

side -Inn Staff for making their wedding 3 j a 

success. T j 5iaUy ~nd 

tolerant, and zestful spirit ". The letter also says there is the 
thought in tl tting Lption ps 

of a similar nature so - "If older bones can stand it, more dining 
and dar ' 

The Ttorcester County Institute of Savings' Employe 
>ut sixty in number, had a get-together party here this this 
y brought a Victrola with old time c -ecords and after dinner 
enjoyed dancing in the large ballroom. 

Tu y, 31st, 194-0 Pleasant 

"ss Joy Tufts of Sudbury gave an old kitchen dinner as a 
far 11 p« y to her girlhood friends of this town, as she Is soon 
to be married to Mr. John Her: Lppel of Cleveland, Ohio. The old 
kitchen made a nd charming setting for their dinner party, and 
the your pie seemed to have had a jol\ Lme. After a weddj 
rehearsal at the First T Church of Sudbury, they trooped in 

wit ] .jhter and hearty appetites for the old fashioned dinner. 

Wednesday, January 1st, 194-1 Fair 

Nineteen forty one -AN ari There is something 
awesome in writing for the first time 'nineteen forty one'. 
The thought will come that the world will have seen many changes 
before nineteen forty one is written for the last time. But with all 

rent cataclysms, the old fund: 1 s for good, inherent in 
human nature and it's relationships, survive. And so ,. in all 
hopefulness, we can say - "A Happj Year !